Agricultural leaders don’t do it for recognition.
The Spokane Ag Present desires to honor them anyway.
“We’re on the lookout for those who go above and past, actually do one thing particular to focus on a sure product or the trade total,” mentioned Tim Cobb, chairman of the Excellence in Agriculture committee and proprietor of Farmland Firm Administration, which sponsors the award. “Once we do discover them, we do our greatest to have a good time them.”
The award acknowledges people or organizations that make a big contribution to agriculture within the Inland Northwest.
The choice committee considers 4 standards — innovation in agriculture, financial and environmental stewardship contribution to agriculture, constructive affect on agriculture and trade consciousness and outreach.
“You understand the parents, the kind which are placing themselves on the market for the higher good,” Cobb mentioned. “The countryside is filled with them.”
Fairfield, Wash., farmer Marci Inexperienced acquired the 2020 Excellence in Agriculture Award.
“There are many good leaders in agriculture, and so the actual fact I used to be singled out may be very flattering,” she mentioned. “I used to be shocked however very honored.”
To Inexperienced, a pacesetter is keen and in a position to put within the time, effort and power to make a distinction.
“It additionally has so much to do with listening to the individuals you’re working with and dealing for,” she mentioned.
Her recommendation to doable leaders?
“If there’s one thing you are interested in, present up,” she mentioned. “Nearly each group is on the lookout for the individuals to be concerned, to unfold the workload, to have new concepts and new voices.”
This yr, Cobb expects to obtain some nominations for people who’ve persevered through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Agriculture is important, and we really feel like these excellence awards are going to search out those who made positive it was important,” he mentioned.
Cobb urges members of the trade to consider the leaders they know, and take into account nominating them sooner or later.
“In an trade the place most individuals would simply as quickly step to the aspect versus stepping ahead to obtain an award, these are one of the best form of individuals to offer awards to,” he mentioned.