Alan Duttlinger, a Lowell native who now lives in Tippecanoe County, is the winner of the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Discussion Meet.
The discussion meet, held as part of the recent IFB state convention, is one of three major awards presented to Farm Bureau members 35 or younger. In it, contestants participate in a group discussion that simulates a committee meeting.
Duttlinger and the other three finalists discussed “How should Farm Bureau engage farmer and rancher members, representing all types and kinds of operations (i.e., conventional, organic, large, small and niche markets) to work together to better promote a more positive image of agriculture?”
Duttlinger's statewide success earned him the opportunity to represent Indiana at the national discussion meet held in January as part of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting.
Duttlinger, son of Bill and Julie Duttlinger, grew up with his older brother, Eric, on a grain and livestock farm. He was active in Lake County 4-H, serving as Lake County 4-H Achievement King and winning multiple championships in swine showmanship, swine and other project categories.
He is a graduate of Lowell High School and has a bachelor’s in animal science from Purdue University and a master’s in animal nutrition from Kansas State University.
He is a researcher at Indiana Packers Corp. in Delphi. This was his first time competing in the discussion meet.
He said he decided to participate in the discussion meet as a way to reconnect with people in the industry. “I learned so much along the way,” he said.
As state winner of the Young Farmer Discussion Meet, he received a $4,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and expenses paid to the national convention in San Antonio, Texas.