EXCELLENCE IN AGRICULTURE AWARD
Awarded to a company or an individual who has made a significant contribution to agriculture in the Inland Northwest.
Awarded annually at the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum for promoting and supporting the agricultural industry through one or more of the following:
· Innovation in Agriculture
· Economic and/or Environmental Stewardship Contribution to Agriculture
· Positive Impact on Agriculture
· Industry Awareness and Outreach
Nominations for the award are now being accepted. Persons may nominate as many individuals, groups or organizations as they like. All nominations must be received no later than December 1.
Mary Palmer Sullivan, Washington Grain Commission
Mary has worked for the Washington barley and wheat industry for over thirty years. During that time, she has contributed to several research projects at WSU (funding averages over $2 million per year) relevant to wheat and barley. These projects are designed to enhance and improve the breeding, varietal testing as well as the scientific investigation of agronomic and quality challenges faced by grain farmers. This research has been instrumental in solving problems and advancing the growth of the grain industry in our region.
“Being a part of this community has allowed me to promote what I do as well as make many lifetime friends! I love being a part of agriculture as it is a family that extends beyond commodities and throughout the world.”
Medical Lake FFA
Medical Lake FFA's goal is to increase the understanding and knowledge of agriculture to their student body. They have done this by implementing the production of meat chickens at school and donating the finished product to a local food bank. They compete each year in Agricultural Issues contest and hold a minimum of 7 forums throughout the Greater Spokane Area. They have chapter beehives and raise livestock at the Jensen Memorial youth ranch. Furthermore, they have a greenhouse where they produce flowers and vegetables.
Students participate in the River Mile project on Lake Roosevelt, monitoring crayfish populations on the upper arm of the lake. Additionally, their teacher has attended 4 CASE curriculum trainings and received a $24,000 equipment grant from the FFA foundation. With this money they purchased an aquaponics system for their greenhouse and will begin producing lettuce and fish for local consumption.
Individual/Organization Award: Paul Dashiell
Youth Award: Goldendale High School FFA
Legacy Award: Dixie Riddle
Individual/Organization Award: Kara Kaelber, Franklin Conservation District
Youth Award: Luke Moore
Legacy Award: Randy Suess
Individual/Organization Award: Shepard’s Grain
Youth Award: Lacrosse FFA Marketing Team