(Posted Fri. Jun 24th, 2016)
With only one month remaining, the deadline for the National Corn Growers Association’s Good Steward Recognition nominations is quickly approaching. State affiliates, as well as industry and organizational partners, are urged to submit qualified growers dedicated to production standards that deliver high sustainable yields with extraordinary conservation and environmental benefits.
“Practical solutions are what drive the adoption of best practices on the farm,” said Brent Hostetler, chairman of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team. “Discovering new methods for improving soil health, preserving water quality and improving the profitability of farming benefits all farmers. To highlight these important advances, we recognize individuals who excel at demonstrating leadership in sustainable corn production through this program.”
NCGA is looking for a farmer who implements best management practices validating environmental stewardship, efficiency and productivity. One award recipient will be selected from nominees submitted by NCGA state affiliates and other corn industry and organizational partners.
Nominees will need to demonstrate their superior commitment to sustainability through the application of best management practices and innovation, have a history in adopting technological advancements, exhibit effective communication skills and work with farm data such as farm-level mapping software, GPS guidance systems and yield monitoring.
Required criteria for nomination:
· NCGA member in good standing
· In compliance with FSA/NRCS HEL and wetland and sodbuster provisions
· Implements conservation tillage practices of no-till or strip-till
· Demonstrates agricultural innovation
· Possesses excellent communication and networking skills
Nominees must demonstrate best management practices in:
· Irrigation (if applicable)
· Cover crops
· Soil erosion control
· Nutrient management
· Water quality
NCGA will process all submitted nominations returned to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission forms are available at www.ncga.com/goodsteward. Experts in the field of agricultural conservation, environment and sustainability will select a Good Steward Recognition recipient. Nominations are due close-of-business July 31, 2016. The selected grower announcement occurs during the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, March 2-4, 2017.