Bucks win tractor: Finalists for Excellence in Agriculture award

Emily Buck, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, and her husband, John, of New Bloomington recently received a new Case IH Farmall 45A tractor in recognition of being a finalist for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Excellence in Agriculture Award.

The winners of the award, announced in January at the federation’s annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, were selected for having an extensive agriculture background, possessing leadership skills and being advocates for their agricultural values.

The Bucks grow more than 1,000 acres of corn, wheat and soybeans, including on the farm started by John’s grandparents.

According to a federation press release, the Bucks are environmentally conscious, have been nationally recognized for their conservation work and extensively use no-till. Emily also has restarted her sheep herd and said she hopes to grow that part of the operation.

“I really like that Farm Bureau is about building leadership and agricultural public policies,” Emily said in the press release. “It has helped me to make an impact in the world of agriculture and grow as a professional as well.”

Read the press release here, and watch the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s video interview with Emily (1:44):