OSAGE | Mitchell County Farm Bureau vice-president Beth Rachut was recently awarded the Bob Joslin Young Farmer Leadership Award, for 2017, by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. She was nominated by the Mitchell County Farm Bureau.
As part of the award, Rachut won a trip to Nashville, plus money from John Deere and Growmark.
Rachut, who grew up near Guthrie Center, has been involved in agriculture her entire life. She met her husband, Steve, an Osage native, when she was attending college at Iowa State. After they married, they moved back to Osage, where they farm. They are owners of Steve’s Sweet Corn.
Rachut joined the Mitchell County Farm Bureau 12 years ago, and once she got her feet wet, joined the board a year later.
“I’ve been on the board about 11 years, Rachut said. “I got the bug to get more involved and became the membership coordinator. I’ve also held the office of secretary and serve on a lot of committees.”
Rachut’s involvement has included the Mitchell County Farm Bureau Town and Country BBQ committee, scholarship committee, Farm to Fork Committee, Committee for technical trades agricultural liaison, speaker corps training, and SHARE Grant Committee, to name a few. She has also been the chair for the Young Farmer’s Ag Olympics and Kid’s Games, the Mitchell County Fair Floral and Agricultural Open Class Superintendent, and won an award for new member recruitment of young farmers.
In addition, Rachut has served as the chair for the Mitchell County Farm Bureau Grocery Cart Race from its inception in 2014.
“This March will be the fifth year,” Rachut said. “It’s held during Ag week in the hopes of involving people to see the agricultural side of food. Even though we live in rural Iowa, not everyone knows the agricultural side of where their food comes from. We also worked to get local businesses involved, and everything is donated back to the Mitchell County Food Bank and Riceville Food Bank.”
Working from home, Rachut is an agricultural consultant on nutrient and manure management programs through 3 Rivers Agricultural Consulting.
A mother of three, Rachut balances her time between 8-year-old Abby, 6-year-old Caleb and-2 year-old Ellery, in addition to helping out wherever needed on the farm.
As part of the Farm Bureau, Rachut has come to learn how to work with politicians and elected officials, in addition to school and fair boards. She insists the Farm Bureau is not just for farmers and folks in the agricultural industry, but also for people who support agriculture, but are not in actual production agriculture.
“If you have an interest in agriculture and in supporting agriculture, then get involved,” Rachut said. “Get a mentor, someone who has experienced what you goals are. You can learn to lead by example or you can support someone who speaks out.”