2015 Beyond the Fence Awards Presented to Four Deserving Hoosiers


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 18, 2015) — Four Hoosiers have been honored for their outstanding support and promotion of Indiana agriculture during the Indiana Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum on March 16 in Indianapolis.

“It is an honor to recognize four very deserving individuals for their service, commitment and dedication to Indiana agriculture,” said Scott Beck, vice president of Beck’s Hybrids. “Whether they are 
advocating for agriculture in their hometowns or workplaces, their tireless efforts continue to have a lasting impact on our agricultural community."

The Beck’s Beyond the Fence 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) and are presented annually to individuals who are advocates of farmers and the agriculture industry across the state.

“As Indiana corn and soybean farmers, we understand how vital it is to share the success story of Indiana agriculture through our everyday actions, and Beck’s Hybrids shares that vision,” said Herb Ringel, ICGA president and farmer from 

The four award recipients honored for their outstanding contributions to Indiana agriculture are:

  • Julia Wickard of Greenfield, Ind. received the Friend of Indiana Agriculture award for outstanding contributions to agriculture by a non-farmer. Wickard is the state executive director for Indiana Farm Service Agency.
  • Gary Truitt of Zionsville, Ind. received the Ag Media award for excellence in reporting about Indiana agriculture. Truitt is the founder and president of Hoosier Ag Today.
  • Stephen Head of Rockport, Ind. received the Community Betterment award, which recognizes a farmer for outstanding contributions to the community through philanthropic, service, volunteerism, or leadership projects. Head is the owner/operator of a diversified family farm in Spencer County.
  • Dr. Bob Nielsen of West Lafayette, Ind. received the Ag Education Outreach award for his outstanding contributions to Indiana agricultural education. Nielsen is a professor of agronomy and Extension corn specialist at Purdue University’s College of Agriculture. 

 “It would be difficult to count and quantify the hours and effort invested by these four individuals as they have worked to help our industry grow and make a difference in their communities, our state and our industry,” said Josh Kirkpatrick chairman of ISA’s membership and policy committee and a farmer from Veedersburg, Ind. “Hoosier agriculture is full of people who have a passion for our industry, and it is an honor to be able to shine a spotlight on their efforts so they can be applauded for their efforts.”

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BeyondtheFence2015.jpg: Four Hoosiers received Beck’s Beyond the Fence awards during the Indiana Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum on March 16 in Indianapolis. From left: ISA President David Lowe; Stephen Head, Julia Wickard, Gary Truitt, ICGA President Herb Ringel, and Bruce Kettler of Beck’s Hybrids. Award winner Dr. Bob Nielsen is not pictured. The awards were sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids, Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Growers Association.

GaryTruittWinner.jpg: Gary Truitt of Hoosier Ag Today received the Beck’s Beyond the Fence Ag Media award during the Indiana Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum on March 16 in Indianapolis. From left: ISA President David Lowe; Gary Truitt; ICGA President Herb Ringel, and Bruce Kettler of Beck’s Hybrids. The awards were sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids, Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Growers Association.

JuliaWickardWinner.jpg: Julia Wickard received the Beck’s Beyond the Fence Friend of Indiana Agriculture award during the Indiana Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum on March 16 in Indianapolis. From left: ISA President David Lowe; Wickard, state executive director of Indiana Farm Service Agency; ICGA President HerbRingel, and Bruce Kettler of Beck’s Hybrids. The awards were sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids, Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Growers Association.

StephenHeadWinner.jpg: Stephen Head received the Beck’s Beyond the Fence Community Betterment award during the Indiana Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum on March 16 in Indianapolis. From left: ISA President David Lowe; Head, farmer from Spencer County; ICGA President Herb Ringel, and Bruce Kettler of Beck’s Hybrids. The awards were sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids, Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Growers Association.

Higher resolution photos are available upon request.

 

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 Indiana Corn Growers Association 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 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.