Previous articleTrump to Farmers: Your ‘Best Days’ Are AheadNext articleAgronomy Advice for 2020 Eric Pfeiffer Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Osborn Places 3rd at AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet Osborn Places 3rd at AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion MeetAmie Osborn, VP and ag lender for First Farmers Bank & Trust in Miami County, had a good weekend. Representing Indiana Farm Bureau at the American Farm Bureau Convention, Osborn placed third in the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet, taking home a prize package from Case IH, including a $500 Case IH parts card, and $2,200 worth of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise.“Beyond the prizes, it really has made me recognize that my network that everyone has helped me build, whether that’s through ALP (AgriInstitute’s Leadership Program), through First Farmers, or Farm Bureau, that’s a true network. And it’s a true opportunity for people to come together, create ideas, think of new solutions for the problems that we do have right now, and find a way to actually implement them. We’ve been talking not just about the issue, not just about the solution, but what do we do about it. So, it’s really fun for me to see what the next step can be.”Osborn got a little choked up when I told her about the support she’s received via social media from INFB and folks back home.“It means that I have a team and a family behind me. Indiana has welcomed me with open arms and to hear people say that they’re proud that I am now representing Indiana means absolute the world to me. I love my home state of California, but Indiana has just wrapped their arms around me and said, ‘We love you here. We want you to keep fighting for agriculture.’ And that’s my clients, that’s our friends, that’s everybody around us and it’s really a neat opportunity.”A third-place finish in the discussion meet, new friends, the experience of a lifetime, and her beloved San Francisco 49ers are going to the Super Bowl. Osborn certainly had a good weekend. By Eric Pfeiffer – Jan 20, 2020 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Osborn Places 3rd at AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet
Listen to News Director Bob Fisher’s report on this story by clicking on the audio player below:CLEAR LAKE — Many teachers around north-central Iowa have been educating their students online for the last month, but for many, it doesn’t replace the in-person relationships educators develop with kids. Two teachers from Clear Creek Elementary School in Clear Lake this week got to see their students once again as drive-by caravans were put together.Second grade teacher Kim Quintus was shocked when she saw her students in a caravan led by her husband, fire chief John Quintus, in one of the town’s fire trucks. Quintus afterwards said she was tricked by her daughter to go outside. “Then I heard a neighbor down the street say ‘they’re coming’, and I’m looking and going ‘what’s going on?’ Then Alexa goes ‘mom look’, and then here comes the fire truck with my husband and my grandson, and behind that fire truck was many families in their vehicles with all these signs that said my name, that they missed me and they loved me. There they were, smiling and waving to me, as they did a drive by.”Quintus says that face-to-face interaction with kids is something that she and other teachers greatly miss. “God did not create me to be a digital teacher. God created me about relationships, I’m a relationship teacher. Technology is not my gift but I’m passionate about relationships, so it’s been a challenge for me. I stay connected through videos every week and send a daily message, and I ask them to send me back messages and videos, and stay connected that way, but I’ll be honest, it’s been a challenge, it has.”Summer Bendickson helped organize the caravan. She says she wanted to put something together since Quintus is passionate about teaching. “She misses all of her students. When she’s on her Zoom chats with her students, it’s really obvious that she’s very heartbroken that she can’t be in the classroom teaching her kids, so this is a good way for us to show our support for her and all the extra work she’s doing teaching our students from home.”Bendickson put together another caravan on Wednesday night, when Clear Creek kindergarten students got to see their teacher Kelly Cooney.