Dustin and Harmony Cox of Alton, were honored with the ‘Excellence in Agriculture’ award in recognition for their achievements at the 2008 Utah Farm Bureau Convention held late last month in Layton.

“We’re very proud of Dustin and Harmony for their achievements on the state level and are pleased they were recognized by a group of their peers,” said Merlin Esplin, President of the Kane County Farm Bureau. “This award points to the future of agriculture in our county and shows what great work is being done by our younger generations.”

The Coxs were recognized for their community leadership and their successful hay brokerage and cattle operations.  The ‘Excellence in Agriculture’ award is presented annually to a Farm Bureau individual or couple under age 35 that does not earn a majority of their income from an owned production agriculture operation.

It is typically awarded to young farmers and ranchers that are striving to one-day own a production agriculture operation or who support agriculture in other ways such as agri-tourism, agricultural education, or in the case of the Cox family—agribusiness.

“With more and more Utahns not having direct contact with agriculture, it’s nice to have a young couple succeeding and showing other Utahns that agriculture is still thriving here,” said Leland Hogan, President of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. “I’m confident future agricultural operations will thrive here in Kane County because of farmers and ranchers like Dustin and Harmony. With their commitment to serving their community and becoming the best farmers and ranchers they can be, the Cox family will truly be an asset here in southern Utah.”

“Excellence in Agriculture” winners from each state Farm Bureau will compete at the national level at the American Farm Bureau Convention. The convention will be held in San Antonio, Texas, January 10-14, 2009.  Winners of the national award will receive a 2009 Dodge Truck.  For their Utah Farm

Bureau award, the Coxs received a 2009 Polaris Trailboss ATV, a $500 check from Dodge and a year insurance policy from Farm Bureau Financial Services for the ATV.

About the Utah Farm Bureau

The Utah Farm Bureau is the largest general farm and ranch organization in the state with more than 21,000 member families. Its mission is to improve the net income of the state’s farmers and ranchers and the overall quality of life in the state and nation through political action, educational and informational means.

The Farm Bureau is a non-partisan, voluntary organization, and its efforts are based on grassroots policies developed by members at the local, county, state and national levels. It is affiliated with the American Farm Bureau Federation, the world’s largest general farm organization, with more than six million family members in 50 states and Puerto Rico. For more information, go to the Utah Farm Bureau Web site at www.utfb.fb.org.