Nominations Sought for Hoosiers Going Beyond the Fence for Agriculture

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 20, 2014) — Nominations for the Beck’s Beyond the Fence Awards are currently being accepted. The awards program honors individuals for their outstanding service and contributions to Indiana agriculture.
 For the fourth year, the awards are sponsored by Beck’s 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 19, 2014.
 “Over the years, sharing agriculture’s story has become increasingly important,” said Scott Beck, vice president of Beck’s. “Without the support of Hoosiers who are invested in the success of agriculture, Indiana would not be where it is today. We’re honored to once again sponsor the Beyond the Fence Awards and recognize individuals who have made an impact in Indiana agriculture.”
The winners for the awards will be announced during the 2015 Livestock Forage and Grain Forum. 
“Hoosier corn and soybean farmers understand the importance of sharing the story of today’s agriculture, and Beck’s shares that vision,” said Levi Huffman, chair of ISA’s membership and policy committee. “The success of Indiana agriculture depends on a diverse group of individuals both directly working in agricultural production, as well as those outside of agriculture. We are excited to see who is recognized this year as going ‘beyond the fence’ in their daily actions.”
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.Application available here. 
  • The Beck’s Agricultural Education Outreach Award is for an individual who has made a contribution through his/her role in Indiana agriculture education. Application available here. 
  • 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.Application available here. 
  • The Beck’s Ag Media Award is for an individual in media who has achieved excellence in reporting about Indiana agriculture. Application available here.

“We know there are people out there committed to promoting agriculture, and they deserve to be recognized,” said Herb Ringel, ICGA president. “Now is the time to show these individuals that we truly appreciate their efforts. It’s our hope that people will take the time to nominate someone who they think has made a difference to our industry.”
Nomination forms can be found online at the links above or by visiting or 
Contacts: Megan Kuhn, Indiana Soybean Alliance & Indiana Corn Growers Association, 317-614-0377 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;  Ashley Woodward Fischer, Beck’s, 317-984-1134 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text44271); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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, international marketing, new soybean uses, aquaculture, and 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 is a family-owned and operated seed company that serves farmers in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan 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.