Recognizing Good Stewardship Matters
If you have a farmer friend, neighbor or family member who epitomizes the title “Good Steward” then please take a minute to consider nominating them for the National Corn Growers Association’s Good Steward Recognition Program. We’re looking for a farmer who always does their job with a keen eye on improving the productivity and sustainability of their farm for future generations.
Every profession has its early adopters that point the way for others, and National Corn Growers Association thinks these good stewards of the land are special people who deserve to be recognized. If you agree and know of a good candidate, nominations are due 5:00 p.m. CDT August 6, 2018.
This year anyone can nominate a candidate for recognition as long as they are a Corn Grower member. NCGA affiliate states and organizational partners may also submit the nomination(s). One recipient will be selected from a field of nominees submitted by NCGA state affiliates and other corn industry and organizational partners.
Nomination forms must be completed jointly by the nominating party and the nominee, and will be processed through NCGA. Selection of the Good Steward Recognition will be made by experts in the field of agricultural conservation, environment and sustainability. The announcement of the recipient will be made at Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida, February 26-March 2, 2018. If you have any questions, contact Rachel Orf at NCGA, (636) 733-9004.
Most farmers today understand that clean water and healthy soil can and should go hand-in-hand with profitability, and farming practices are changing rapidly to accelerate sustainability goals. So, if you know someone who is doing a stellar job on their farm of demonstrating the economic and conservation value of soil management, it’s time to toss their hat in the ring.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What will the Good Steward Recognition recipient receive?
- All expenses paid for 2019 Commodity Classic and other appearances
- Cash award
Who can be nominated for the Good Steward Recognition?
Nominees that can demonstrate:
- Good standing as an NCGA member
- Compliance with FSA/NRCS HEL and wetland and sodbuster provisions
- History in demonstrating sustainable conservation practices
- Agricultural innovation
- Excellent communication and networking skills
What kind of criteria is needed?
Nominees must demonstrate sustainability practices in:
- Irrigation (if applicable)
- Cover crops
- Soil erosion control
- Nutrient management
- Water quality
What supporting documentation is required?
- Two letters of recommendation
- At least one supporting document
2018 NCGA Good Steward
Randy and Nicole Small
2S Land and Cattle, Kansas
As 2S Land and Cattle, they farm 2,350 cropland acres and manage 400 head of cows. Continuous long-term, low-disturbance, no-till is a focus-point of the operation. They believe the best way to ensure the farm remains productive in the future is to promote conservation practices to fellow farmers and pass their sustainability ethic to their children.