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INDIANAPOLIS -- Twelve Farm Bureau members were recognized for their work in promoting the value of the organization at the Indiana Farm Bureau convention.

"These members take our mission seriously," said INFB President Don Villwock. "Each of them knows how to translate the value of Farm Bureau membership to new members, strengthening our organization."

One member rose above the rest to receive the Premier Performer Award. Harold Kleine of Allen County signed up or retained 34 new members. Kleine was among 12 members who received the District Performer Award, which is presented to the volunteer in each district with the highest overall combination of new Primary voting members recruited during the new program year, and Primary voting members retained from the previous program year.

District 1: Jennifer Richter, Fulton County, 11.

District 2: Harold Kleine, Allen County, 34.

District 3: Lana Wallpe, Benton County, 4.

District 4: Elsa Smith, Tipton County, 10.

District 5: Brian Morgan, Vermillion County, 6.

District 6: Anne Smith, Wayne County, 7.

District 7: Steve Marrs, Vigo County, 5.

District 7: Mary Lee Russell, Lawrence County, 5.

District 8: Norbert Bedel, Decatur County, 5.

District 9: Gary Michel, Warrick County, 8.

District 10: Robert Harmon, Harrison County, 14.

District 10: Franklin Weaver, Ohio County, 14.

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance agent John Sullivan of Kosciusko County was also recognized for membership efforts. Sullivan signed up 163 new Primary members, 48 of which were voting members (farmers).

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