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|Faulks net top 10 in national contest|
SAN ANTONIO — Adam and Mandy Faulk, of Liddieville, in Franklin Parish, were among the top 10 young farmers competing for the nation's best farming couple here at the 90th annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The Faulks operate a diverse grain, hay and cattle operation on 2,500 acres. They have a custom hay cutting operation and Mandy owns and operates a soybean candle making company as well. In June 2008 the couple was named the Louisiana Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award winner. The award is presented to farm couples under the age of 35 whose farming operations balance production, profit and environmental concerns.
"We were just honored to make it to the top 10," Adam Faulk said. "We visited with the other contestants from across the country and got a real feel for just how broad-ranging farm interests are."
The Faulks competed against 31 other young farm couples from across the country. They were put through two days of intensive interviews, which ranged from their knowledge of agriculture to ways they can improve production farming, not only on their own farms, but across the nation.
"When you come to convention like this you realize you have a lot of things in common with others farmers, but in some areas there are producers doing things we never dreamed of," Mandy Faulk said. "It really helps us take a closer look at our own operation to determine ways we can do things better and more profitably."
Donald and Alicia Blankenship, of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, won the contest, taking home a 2009 Dodge Ram pickup truck and a host of other prizes.
Louisiana also had two other young farmers participating in national contests at the San Antonio convention. Cindy Perret, of St. John Parish, represented Louisiana in the national Discussion Meet and Livingston Parish's Billy Doiron represented the state in the national Award of Excellence.
About 125 Louisiana Farm Bureau members, led by Farm Bureau President Ronnie Anderson, attended the national convention, which saw more than 5,000 farmers from across the country gather in San Antonio.