OSU Extension Educator Mike Hogan will keynote the 2016 National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress, set for Feb. 11-14 in Cincinnati. Started in 1954, the annual event aims to increase interest in farming and improve relations between urban and rural communities.
Hogan, who works in OSU Extension’s Franklin County office, is the current past president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA), which is a sponsoring organization of the National Outstanding Young Farmers Program.
The Awards Congress is the culmination of an intense independent judging process. Ten nominees from across the U.S. will be competing for one of four national winner spots. Nominees are between the ages of 21 and 40; must be actual farm operators; must derive at least two-thirds of their income from farming; and are judged on progress in their agricultural careers, the extent of their soil and water conservation practices, and their contributions to the well-being of their community, state and nation.
The program is administered by the National Young Farmers of America Fraternity, is sponsored by John Deere, is supported by NACAA and was founded by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce.