In recognition of the financial, environmental and societal impacts of agriculture, Bayer CropScience has created the Young Farmer Sustainability Award to acknowledge farmers under the age of 40 who are demonstrating sustainability in their operations.
Nick Hamon, head of sustainability for Bayer CropScience, said: "Bayer CropScience recognise that the younger generation of growers will need to tell their story of sustainability to their buyers and the end consumer more than ever before. We want to reward those producers who demonstrate sustainable practices in their farming operations today, and are ensuring a healthy and abundant food supply for the future."
Entrants are judged on entrepreneurial initiative and new approaches to farming (50%), environmental and other on-farm sustainability efforts (30%) and economic stability and sustainability (20%). Any farmer or rancher age 40 and under who receives at least half of his or her income from farming and farm-related ventures may apply. First place wins a new Panasonic Toughbook computer, expense-paid trips to the 2012 Commodity Classic in Nashville (US), and a scholarship to Farm Journal Corn College in the summer.
Source: Bayer CropScience
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