Lincoln County’s Jason and Rachel Vermillion were recognized with Colorado Farm Bureau’s YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award Nov. 20 at the Colorado Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Denver.
The award recognizes successful young people 35 or younger who are involved in farming but whose primary occupations are not farming or owning an agricultural business. The award is based on their involvement in agriculture and participation in Colorado Farm Bureau and other community organizations.
The Vermillions operate their family farm south of Limon, raising grain, cattle and show pigs. Jason Vermillion, a fifth generation farmer, is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a degree in agriculture business. He is the vice-president of the Lincoln County Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors and is also heavily involved in the Lincoln County 4-H program.
Rachel Vermillion, the agriculture education instructor and FFA Advisor at Genoa-Hugo High School, is a graduate of Fort Hays State University where she studied Animal Science.
Rachel was also honored as the first recipient of the Colorado Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Emerging Leader Award. This award recognizes one outstanding member of the Colorado Young Farmers and Ranchers membership for their involvement and leadership in Farm Bureau and their community.
The couple will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, in January to compete in the national Excellence in Agriculture contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting.
The Lincoln County Farm Bureau Federation Board was also recognized for excellence for their efforts in Communications and Outreach, Leadership Development, Local Affairs, Membership Services and Policy Implementation.