MAHASKA COUNTY — Mahaska County farmer Mike Jackson has been named one of the country’s best young farmers.
Jackson is in the 2020 class of ‘America’s Best Young Farmers,’ along with four other farmers under 40.
The national award is given out of each year, and this has been the 10th year that they started expanding. "They said they did single America’s Best before,” Jackson said.
Jackson said in the past 10 years, he’s the third person from Iowa to win. He was nominated by the Iowa Soybean Association.
"There were certain qualifications to win the award," Jackson said.
“The big qualifications for winning this award is conservation and community involvement,” he said. “Work I’ve done for Iowa farmer on State Farm Advisory Committee, and then work I’ve done with Mahaska County Farm Bureau around here.”
Jackson said the Ag in the Classroom program was a deciding factor for his inclusion, with doing farm chats with nearby and distant students.
“Karen Adams, our Ag in the Classroom coordinator, will come out an iPad,” he said. “And we’ve done farm chats with kids here in Oskaloosa, kids in Florida this past spring, and then we did a harvest one that kids in Alaska, taking them for a ride in the combine picking corn.”
“Educating our youth, that’s time well spent and worthwhile.”
Steve Dixon was re-appointed to the conservation board.
Three applicants were listed as seeking placement on the South Central Regional Airport Board. Current member Joe Warrick reapplied for the role. John Bandstra and Jimmy Carter both submitted applications as well.
Bandstra was the only candidate discussed by the board of supervisors to fill that seat. He was nominated by Supervisor Steve Parker
“There were three good candidates, but the supervisors would have to appoint one,” he said. “He’s been to several meetings of the airport board, it sounds like, in the minutes and stuff they had.”
Supervisor Steve Wanders said Pella has changed members but Oskaloosa hasn’t had much change.
“I think it’s good to get different people on the boards,” he said.