Nebraska Farm Bureau Selects Maricle Family as 2013 Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award Winners
Kearney, Neb. – Brian and Hilary Maricle were honored as the 2013 Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award recipients during the 2013 Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Inaugural Dinner on Mon., Dec. 9. The couple farms near Albion, Neb., in Boone County raising both beef cattle and corn.
The Maricle’s keep family as their top priority balancing a busy schedule with farm life and agriculture leadership. The couple has five children: Austin, Cody, Carson, Cassidy and Kate.
“Family is the focus of our operation,” said Hilary Maricle. “We have embraced the challenges we’ve faced and grown stronger as a family.”
The Maricle’s have the love of agriculture in their blood. Both Brian and Hilary were near Albion, and knew they wanted to raise their children on a family farm. The Maricle’s enjoy having multiple generations on their family farm - embracing the history of their parents’ and grandparents’ operations for guidance. However, expansion was necessary to make their dream possible, and the Maricle’s purchased beef cattle shortly after coming home to farm.
“Our farming operation has gone through many changes to get to where we are today,” said Brian Maricle. “The land is one of the largest changes. After we purchased beef cattle, we needed to secure grazing and thus have expanded our acres.”
The family has expanded the acres in which they raise both corn and cattle. They have also continually expanded their cow/calf herd and incorporated a feedlot into their operation.
“Our farming success is measured by small gains each year, allowing for steady growth,” said Brian Maricle. “Our goal is to improve our ability to operate efficiently and effectively.”
The Maricle’s believe the care of the land and animals is the responsibility of their family. The family has faced challenges, such as losing rented land, but the Maricle’s know that farming is more than crops, livestock and land - they realize that people are what make a successful farm.
The Maricle’s are involved in agriculture with audiences across the U.S. Hilary is a past American Farm Bureau Federation Partner in Leadership and Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture board member. Hilary currently serves as the Nebraska Farm Bureau Agriculture Promotion Committee Chair and is the associate dean of agriculture at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb. Brian is the current Boone County Farm Bureau president. The family is also active within other agriculture and community organizations including: Common Ground, 4-H, Ag-Ceptional Women’s Conference and much more.
The Farm Bureau Achievement Award is designed to recognize young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farming or ranching operations and expanded their leadership skills. Contestants are evaluated on a combination of their operation's growth and financial progress as well as leadership within Farm Bureau and outside. Farm Bureau members ages 18 to 35 years are eligible to apply for the award.
The Maricle’s receive an iPad, $500 and an all-expense paid trip to represent Nebraska Farm Bureau at the national competition during the American Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Meeting this January in San Antonio, Texas.