After receiving thousands of online votes, Scott Slepikas of Huron, South Dakota, is the grand-prize winner in the Power to Do More contest sponsored by the corn herbicides of Corteva Agriscience. Chris Staudt of Kanawha, Iowa, and Marsha Strom of Dahinda, Illinois, win second-place prizes.
Overall, Corteva is donating $27,000 to local nonprofit organizations, giving a total of $20,000 to the three winners’ local nonprofit organizations of choice plus $1,000 to each chosen nonprofit of the remaining seven finalists.
"The 10 finalists received more than 60,000 votes this year, which really shows the passion rural communities have for their local organizations,” said Lyndsie Kaehler, U.S. Corn Herbicides Product Manager, Corteva Agriscience. “It’s been great to see communities rally around their local farmer and nonprofit organization through contest support. We are so proud to help tell their stories.”
The Power to Do More contest invited farmers to submit a unique photo and story about the power on their farm. Ten finalists, selected from hundreds of entries, showed exceptional creativity and commitment to growing a stronger community in their photo and story.During online voting June 10 to July 8, the public rallied behind their favorite farmer and community.
Slepikas submitted a photo showing the finish of a “great crop harvest” on his family farm. He nominated the Center for Independence of Huron for the $10,000 donation. Slepikas said the nonprofit serves people with special needs, including his son, and relies on “many donations to provide these special people with many extras to make their lives easier and better.”
Staudt submitted a photo of himself, his girlfriend and his dog. Staudt explained that the photo shows he is blessed to farm alongside his brother and father while being “able to enjoy the simple things in life.” Staudt nominated the Kanawha Fire Department for the $5,000 donation. He said this donation will enable the department to “upgrade equipment needed to help our dedicated volunteers keep the community safe.”
Strom submitted a photo showing barn-themed playground equipment being installed in her local town park. She said the photo represents “the power of what people can do when they collectively give their funds, time, talents and hearts to attain a common goal.” Strom nominated the Williamsfield FFA Alumni & Friends for the $5,000 donation. She explained the money will allow the organization to purchase tools, machines and educational materials for the local school’s agriculture department.
In appreciation of the remaining finalists’ efforts in the Power to Do More contest, Corteva Agriscience is donating $1,000 to each local nonprofit organization nominated by the remaining seven finalists:
─ Kara Boughton of Marshall, Michigan — East Jackson Elementary School
─ Misty DeDonder of Admire, Kansas — North Lyon County FFA – High School Greenhouse Project
─ Lynn Heins of Rockwood, Illinois — Annie’s Project – Education for Farm Women
─ Dave LaCrosse of Kewaunee, Wisconsin — Peninsula Pride Farms
─ Rhonda Leonard of Logan, Iowa — Kellen Morrison Memorial Scholarship Fund
─ Darrel Springer of Oak, Nebraska — Sandy Creek High School FFA
─ Susan Zody of Kokomo, Indiana — Narrow Gate Horse Ranch
The Power to Do More contest is in its third year of helping farming communities across the country. Corteva is proud to support farmers with a lineup of corn herbicides dedicated to delivering the power to do more every season. With Resicore®, SureStart® II, DuPont™ Realm® Q, DuPont™Cinch® ATZ and Keystone® NXT herbicides, farmers can effectively control and not worry about yield-robbing weeds.
Read more about the contest winners and sign up to be among the first to see a video about the grand-prize winner at PowerToDoMore.com.