Beck’s Hybrids Beyond the Fence Awards Now Open for Nominations
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 11, 2013) — Nominations are now being accepted for the Beck’s Hybrids Beyond the Fence Awards, which honor individuals for their outstanding service and contributions to Indiana agriculture.
For the third year, the awards are sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids of Atlanta, Ind., in conjunction with the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) and the Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA). The deadline to submit nominations is December 20, 2013.
“We’re thrilled to once again recognize individuals who have a strong passion and dedication to agriculture,” said Scott Beck, vice president of Beck’s Hybrids. “Indiana would not be where it is today without the support of individuals who help educate, report and volunteer their time to promote the importance of agriculture.”
The winners for the awards will be announced during the 2014 Livestock Forage and Grain Forum. The date of the Forum has not yet been determined.
“We know there are many people out there doing great things for agriculture, and they deserve to be recognized,” said Herb Ringel, ICGA president and a farmer from Wabash, Ind. “We hope Hoosiers take the time to nominate these individuals to let them know what they are doing is really making an impact.”
This year nominations are being sought for the following categories:
- The Beck’s Friend of Indiana Agriculture Award is for an individual who has made a contribution to the industry, but isn’t directly involved in agriculture. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013friendaward)
- The Beck’s Agricultural Education Outreach Award is for an individual who has made a contribution through his/her role in Indiana agriculture education. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013educationaward)
- The Beck’s Community Betterment Award is for a farmer whose contribution to the agricultural community has been seen through philanthropic, service, volunteerism, donation and/or leadership projects. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013communityaward)
- The Beck’s Ag Media Award is for an individual in media who has achieved excellence in reporting about Indiana agriculture. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013agmediaaward )
Nomination forms can be found online at the links above or by visiting www.incorn.org/becks.
“Many people have misconceptions about how we farm today, and these awards are a way to say thanks to people who go above and beyond to help educate others in their communities,” said Joe Steinkamp, ISA membership and policy committee chairman and a farmer from Evansville, Ind. “Our pool of nominees last year was outstanding, and I can’t wait to see who is honored for going beyond the fence this year.”
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, aquaculture, environmental programs, grain marketing, new soybean uses, and production research. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 950 dues-paying members.
The ICGA board, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 15 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 600 ICGA members statewide.
Beck’s Hybrids is a family-owned and operated seed company that serves farmers in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky. According to a recent media survey, Beck’s ranks as the sixth largest seed company in the United States and the only one in the top six that is family-owned, making Beck’s the largest retail, family-owned seed company in the United States.
This communications was NOT funded with Indiana soybean or corn checkoff dollars.