Spencer County couple finalists for agriculture award

From Local Sources

INDIANAPOLIS — A Spencer County couple has been named one of three finalists for Indiana Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer awards, the Excellence in Agriculture Award.

The award recognizes outstanding young Farm Bureau members who do not derive the majority of their income from an owned, production-agriculture operation, but who actively contribute and grow their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture.

Jonathan and Derika Spaetti of Spencer County were born into farming. Having grown up on family farms, they developed their passion for agriculture at a young age. Jonathan, a fourth generation farmer, holds an associate degree in manufacturing industrial technology and works alongside his dad and uncle on the farm, and owns his own farming operation. Derika, who holds a master’s degree in teacher leadership, is a high school math teacher. The couple is active with many agriculture organizations, including Farm Bureau, where they’ve served as members of many committees, including the State Young Farmer Committee, and on their county Farm Bureau board. Derika also serves on the Indiana Soybean Alliance board of directors.

The winners will be announced on the Indiana Farm Bureau Facebook page on Friday, Aug. 31. All finalists will be recognized at the INFB state convention in December.


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