Marc and Megan Allison, of South Greenfield, won the Missouri Farm Bureau (MOFB) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Achievement Award during the organization’s 104th annual meeting December 3 at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Achievement Award is recognizes the management and leadership skills of young adults who work full-time on a farm or ranch.
The Allisons received a plaque from MOFB President Blake Hurst during the annual YF&R breakfast. Their award included a $500 check from the MOFB Foundation for Agriculture, a $500 check from Ford Motor Company, and one-year free use of a Gator utility vehicle from Sydenstricker John Deere.
The Dade County farm couple also won a trip to New Orleans to represent Missouri at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) YF&R Achievement Award Contest this January. The contest is part of the AFBF Annual Meeting where they will compete for the grand prize of a new Ford truck and paid registration to the AFBF Fusion Conference in Milwaukee courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance. Runner up wins a Case IH Farmall 50A tractor from Case IH. Third and fourth place earn 40”combination roll top tool cabinets and a $500 parts card from Case IH, along with $2,000 of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise.
Marc farms with his grandfather, father and brother. Each partner is solely responsible for the decision making of portions of the farm business. Marc manages all of the farm’s financial, planting and harvesting records. Management responsibilities include a soil nutrient program and chemical program during the growing season, as well as sire selection for their breeding program. They maintain a 70-head cow herd.
The Allison farm has been in the family for 130 years, with Marc the sixth generation. Although the family farms 1,900 acres of crops and 1,400 of pasture and timber, it is mixed in owned and rented property among the partners.
Megan continues to work off the farm as an elementary teacher at a nearby school. The couple married in 2017 and has served on the MOFB YF&R Committee.
Second place in the contest went to Michael and Jillian Phillips, of Kahoka in Clark County. The couple received $200 and an expense-paid trip to the AFBF Annual Meeting.