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Wyoming man wins award for farming; National Outstanding Young Farmers


Do you stop to think about all the work that went into the food on your plate? One organization finds it essential to award dedicated young farmers for their innovative work.

The National Outstanding Young Farmers Program (NOYF) awards young farmers ages 21 to 4- for their contributions and achievements in the agricultural industry.

This year's top ten finalists include Patrick Zimmerer from Wyoming. Zimmerer convinced his family to plant a vineyard, a hard thing to do in the rural and cold climate of Wyoming. 

These types of innovations make NOYF finalists. "What's made everyone standout is just that entrepreneurial spirit. Agriculture is definitely one of those industries where you must be looking forward," said Zimmerer. 

Zimmerer ended up being chosen as one of the four winners. 

Wes Smith, NOYF spokesman, says finalists are judged on where they started in their farming operation, the progress they made, their community involvement and their environmental consciousness. "It's important that we recognize our young producers that are innovative, that are spreading the word to our general public about agriculture," said Smith. 

Other winners include Scott and Ali Jerry, Brian and Jennifer Harbage, and Christian and Julie Richard. 


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