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Wetzel County Farm Bureau Earns Top Honors

By Staff | Dec 22, 2009
Region 4 Directors Eric Jack, left, and Bill Ingram, right, present the Gold Star County award to Wetzel County Farm Bureau President Bob Yeager.
State Women’s Chair JoEllen Blair, left, and State Safety Chair Lois Armstrong, right, present the Top Safety Committee award to Robyn Yeager and Bob Yeager.
Robyn Yeager receives the Top Women’s Committee award from State Women’s Chair JoEllen Blair.
Wetzel County Farm Bureau member Nell Yeager recently had the opportunity to ride with some celebrity horse people and ride on the Best of America by Horseback show on Nov. 18-20 at Leatherwood Mountain resort in Ferguson, N.C. Yeager is pictured with renowned horse trainer Julie Goodnight of Colorado. Others on the ride were Horse & Rider magazine editor Mary Watts, Wrangler Jeans representatives and Best of America by Horseback host Tom Seay, and members of the Leatherwood staff. Yeager was also interviewed by Tom Seay for an up-coming show.
Wetzel County Farm Bureau member and Young Farmer Samantha Yeager was recently selected as the recipient of the 2009 West Virginia Farm Bureau Excellence in Ag Young Farmer Award. Yeager is now eligible to compete in Seattle, Wash., in January at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting Young Farmer Contest. Pictured is Yeager and her grandfather, Bob Yeager, WCFB president.

The Wetzel County Farm Bureau recently took back top honors in the state for their work in Safety, Women’s Committee, and Administration. The group, represented by Bob and Robyn Yeager, earned the title of top county in the state for the sixth time in eight years, placing second in the interim years.

To earn this honor the county has to complete an extensive application and numerous tasks and events. “It is great to be honored by your peers for the hard work our small county does. Our biggest event is the Ronald McDonald House Auction and our annual trail ride and we work very hard on these events. Our work with our legislatures and local government is also a big part of our annual work,” said Bob Yeager, WCFB president. The group also regained the top spot back from the Marion County Farm Bureau in the Women’s Committee category and for the fifth straight year won top honors for their Safety program.

“Wetzel County Farm Bureau is really privileged to have chairman Bob Yeager running the committee. Bob is retired from Bayer Chemical where he was Safety Supervisor and Hazmat coordinator/trainer and has spent nearly his whole life in safety. Bob continues to go to annual training, has set up training programs with the Department of Agriculture, WVU Agribility, Sistersville Hospital, and Progressive Farmer Safety Day Camps,” said Nell Yeager. “As a committee we were able to complete 18 programs this past year and reached over 2000 people. Along with Marilyn Thomas, the Farm Bureau is also working with the Cancer Coalition and has held numerous cancer clinics and screenings.”

To top off the evening’s awards program Samantha Yeager was presented with the 2009 Excellence in Agriculture award. She and Robyn Yeager also placed second and third in the WVFB state photo contest. It was a golden year for the group, but they haven’t had time to rest on their laurels. They have already completed their ninth annual Ronald McDonald House Auction, the equine committee has competed in the Super Trial Horse Challenge and three trail rides, and Bob and Robyn Yeager are scheduled for safety training in Lancaster, Pa., in December.

For more information on the WCFB contact Bob Yeager at 304-386-4567. To donate pop tabs, printer cartridges, or other items to the Ronald McDonald House, contact the WCFB.