The Excellence in Agriculture award is a competition that was initiated a number of years ago to recognize young farmers and ranchers involved in agriculture, but who do not necessarily derive a majority of their income from an owned production agriculture operation.
The Reese family, representing the Kane County Farm Bureau, competed with 12 other contestants for the award. The Reeses received a plaque, a $500 check from the General Motors, a 2013 Polaris Trailboss ATV courtesy of Zions Bank Ag Group, an insurance policy for the ATV from Farm Bureau Financial Services, and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
The Reeses will compete at the American Farm Bureau annual convention in January with the winners of this same award from other State Farm Bureaus across the country. National winners of the Excellence in Agriculture award are presented their choice of either a Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra Truck, courtesy of General Motors.
John and Dusty own their own family farm, which includes farming hay and sweet corn, as well as registered Angus cattle. The family also works with John’s father’s produce farm and that of a neighboring farmer as well.
In addition to the ranch work, John works full-time as a Rangeland Management Specialist with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). John’s duties involve working with ranchers to maximize rangeland health and productivity, working on water development projects, and in general maintaining the sustainability of grazing on federal lands. Dusty is a stay at home mom who also works on the farm and does payroll for several other businesses.
John & Dusty are the proud parents of three kids. Together as a family they manage their cattle ranch, shoe horses and help promote agriculture any way they can.