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2016 Finalists

CT – Joseph & Ida DeFrancesco

GA – James & Leslie Hitchcock

KY – Caleb & Leanne Ragland

ND – Kevin & Jennifer Wolsky

NJ – Jessica Niederer

PA – Nathan & Erica Mowrer

SD – Aaron Ceroll

VA – Greta & David Liskey

WA – Nathan Youngquist

WV – Aaron & Tara Helmick 

Above: The 2016 National Outstanding Young Farmer award winners: Joe and Ida DeFrancesco, CT; Nate Youngquist and Brooke Loisel, WA; Jess Niederer and Kevin Riley, NJ; Jennifer and Kevin Wolsky, ND.

2016 Finalists in the Press

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2016 NOYF Awards Congress TOURS

Bluegrass Farms of Ohio Inc.

Bluegrass Farms of Ohio is one of the largest Non-GMO soybean processing plants in Ohio. It is located in Jeffersonville, Ohio where a fully knowledgeable staff is dedicated to the procurement of non-GMO soybeans. Their goal is to provide the grower the necessary tools to maximize his profits by growing the highest quality non-GMO grains to feed the world. Currently, non-GMO Soybeans Seed Varieties available to purchase through Bluegrass Farms of Ohio, Inc. include: BG 6, BG 67, and BG28A.



Trupointe, a cooperative headquartered in Piqua, Ohio, serves 4,100 members through several locations in Ohio and Indiana. Along with providing agronomy products and services, Trupointe also offers feed, grain, power fuel, propane, turf services and operates five farm and home stores. The OFA tour will visit the South Charleston, Ohio, location which is one of three bulk crop nutrient and crop protection hubs. This location has the ability to load 15 tanks of anhydrous ammonia in 15 minutes from their 210,000 gallon capacity. They also have the storage capacity of one million gallons of 32% nitrogen and 40,000 tons of dry fertilizer.


National Museum of the United States Air Force

The National Museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the service’s national institution for preserving and presenting the Air Force story. Each year more than one million visitors come to the museum to learn about the mission, history and evolving capabilities of America’s Air Force. The museum is the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum featuring more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles on display amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Thousands of personal artifacts, photographs and documents further highlight the people and events that comprise the Air Force storyline, from the beginnings of military flight to today’s war on terrorism.



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