For the fourth year, Beck's Hybrids in conjunction with the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Growers Association is sponsoring Beck's Beyond the Fence Awards. The awards program honors individuals for their outstanding service and contributions to Indiana agriculture.
"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."
Nominations are currently being accepted in 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.
• The Beck's Agricultural Education Outreach Award is for an individual who made a contribution through his/her role in Indiana agriculture education
• The Beck's Community Betterment Award for for a farmer whose contribution to the agricultural community has been seen through philanthropic, service, volunteerism, donation and/or leadership projects.
• The Beck's Ag Media Award is for an individual in media who has achieved excellence in reporting about Indiana agriculture.
"We know there are people out there committed to promoting agriculture, and they deserve to be recognized," said Herb Ringel, ICGA president and farmer from Wabash, Ind. "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 for the Beyond the Fence awards can be found online. Winners will be announced during the 2015 Livestock Forage and Grain Forum.
The opinions of Jennifer Campbell are not necessarily those of Indiana Prairie Farmer or the Penton Farm Progress Group.