Drs. Marybeth and John Feutz of Gibson County are practicing veterinarians and also raise Angus and commercial beef cattle and hay. They are the winners of the Indiana Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Award.
Drs. Marybeth and John Feutz of Gibson County are practicing veterinarians and also raise Angus and commercial beef cattle and hay. They are the winners of the Indiana Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Award.
PRINCETON, Ind. — It is not uncommon when a reference to the agriculture industry is made for a person to immediately associate it with farm producers and the work they do with their fields and livestock.

However, to recognize the hard work that other people related to agriculture are able to accomplish, Indiana Farm Bureau presents an Excellence in Agriculture Award.

Courtney Rude, IFB outreach projects coordinator, noted that the award is given to someone who does not necessarily derive a majority of their income from farming.

She added that although the recipients may not have a heavy background in farming, they still are greatly involved in the Farm Bureau community, along with the agriculture world. This year’s winners are John and Marybeth Feutz of Gibson County.

The Feutzes, who both are veterinarians, will receive a John Deere Gator courtesy of Farm Credit Services, $3,000 in prize money from Farm Bureau Insurance and the opportunity to represent Indiana at the national Farm Bureau convention Jan. 13-16 in Nashville, Tenn.

The couple owns a small Angus cattle operation, and Marybeth Feutz also is heavily involved with social media, writing two blogs where she shares her story with others online.

She noted that her blog, Alarm Clock Wars, started 2 ½ years ago as an accountability partner to track when she went to bed, what time she woke up and when she pushed the snooze button.

She said that it morphed into something totally different as she wrote about the weekly happenings of the farm, along with updates on the cattle herd and different recipes.

Feutz noted that she also writes another blog, known as AgriCultured, that she launched in February, which she hopes will be a place for people to get answers to the questions they have about their food. “We’re really excited,” John Feutz said. “It’s a neat award that recognizes the work we do in our day-to-day lives.”

He noted that besides being active in their community and Farm Bureau, his wife and he are heavily involved with the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, and he will serve as the group’s president-elect in 2013.

Rude said another requirement of being considered for the Excellence in Agriculture Award is involvement with the local Farm Bureau.

She noted that both the Feutzes are heavily involved in the Gibson County Farm Bureau, and John currently serves as the president of the organization. She added that Marybeth stays busy by participating on the Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee, and they both are supporters of 4-H.

Feutz mentioned that he has been active with 4-H since he was tiny and was a member himself, and he has been involved with the fair board in Gibson County for more than 11 years.

Rude said that IFB honoring outstanding individuals with this award is important because it reaches out to everybody, even those not involved in agriculture, and shows them that there is more to the ag world than just farming.