The National Corn Growers Association announced that it is accepting applications for the 4th Annual Reaching for Excellence Award. This award recognizes the innovative solutions developed by state corn associations to address a variety of challenges, spotlights new approaches and encourages the broader adoption of successful advances in other states facing similar challenges.
“Any state corn association or state checkoff board program, project, process, procedure or strategy that has significantly advanced the mission of their association is eligible,” said Engaging Members Committee Chair Brandon Hunnicutt, a farmer from Nebraska. “The goal of the program is to not only recognize excellence across states’ programs and training but, also, to provide the details for other states that need help in those same areas.”
While there is not a formal application, state grower associations and/or state checkoff boards interested in applying should supply a two to three-page narrative that includes the following elements:
- Program Summary – a precise two to three-paragraph description of the program, the need it addressed and its outcome.
- Program Description - What was the level of effort required and resources used? How many staff members, consultants or volunteers were involved? What were their roles? What was the estimated cost of implementation? Did the program collaborate with other ag or community groups?
- Program Evaluation - Describe the qualified or quantified performance outcomes for the program. Why do you consider this program a success? What advice or recommendations would you have for others considering your program?
All types of programs are eligible. Examples of areas which might be submitted include: communications; membership; grassroots; youth leadership; and community outreach. Find examples of past applications on our website - http://www.ncga.com/events-and-promotions/reaching-for-excellence-award.
Please submit the outlined two to three-page narrative documenting programmatic excellence by Friday, November 30, 2018. All submissions should be sent to Steve Uram (email@example.com). A panel, comprised of members of the Engaging Members Committee, will select the winner. All submissions will be posted on ShareFile to better facilitate the sharing of ideas and successes among NCGA’s state affiliate organizations.
The winning state and program will be recognized during the NCGA Awards Banquet at the 2019 Commodity Classic in Orlando, Fl.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.
The Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) is a biennial event happening this June. Learn more.