Bayer CropScience is seeking young agricultural producers that are demonstrating leadership and excellence in the areas of business and environmental sustainability through the 2015 Young Farmer Sustainability Award program.
"Young men and women across the United States are solving great agricultural challenges by implementing innovative, sustainable solutions on their farms," said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience North America. "From making small-scale system tweaks to wholesale operational and marketing shifts, we hear stories every day from farmers who are working 24/7 to make their farms more sustainable by the day.
Any farmer or rancher age 40 and under who receives at least half of his or her income from farming and farm-related ventures is eligible to apply for the Young Farmer Sustainability Award.
To apply, he or she must submit a completed 2015 Young Farmer Sustainability Award entry form as well as references from external business colleagues with whom they work.
A panel of industry experts will select a winner in late January, 2015 and the winner will be announced at Bayer's tenth annual Ag Issues Forum Feb. 24-25, just prior to the 2015 Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Ariz.
Award applicants will be judged on several criteria: their entrepreneurial initiative and adoption of new approaches to farming (50%), their environmental and other on-farm sustainability efforts (30%), and their economic stability and sustainability (20%).
Learn more about the award and its previous recipients on the Bayer CropScience 2015 Young Farmer Sustainability Award webpage.