Bayer CropScience Recognizing Sustainable Farming Practices

Young Farmer Sustainability Award targeting growers under 40 years of age.

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Bayer CropScience recognize 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.

Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) January 11, 2012

Today’s producers must balance the financial, environmental and societal impacts of agriculture more than ever before. In recognition of this, Bayer CropScience has created the Young Farmer Sustainability Award to acknowledge farmers under the age of 40 who are demonstrating sustainability in their operations.

“Bayer CropScience recognize 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,” says Nick Hamon, head of sustainability for Bayer CropScience. “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, TN, and a scholarship to Farm Journal Corn College in summer 2012.

To apply, visit http://www.bayercropscience.us/our-commitment/sustainability-award to download the entry form. The deadline is February 1, 2012 and the winner will be announced at the 2012 Commodity Classic.

For additional information and background on other sustainability initiatives please visit http://www.bayercropscience.us/our-commitment/bayer-initiatives. To learn more about Bayer CropScience, visit http://www.bayercropscience.us or contact your local sales representative for product information.

About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 6.830 billion (2010), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 20,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: http://www.press.bayercropscience.com.

Contact:
Bayer CropScience Media Hotline, 1-877-879-6162, or

Beth Roden
External Communications Lead
Bayer CropScience
Tel: (919) 549-2030
Email: beth(dot)roden(at)bayer(dot)com

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Find more information at http://www.bayercropscience.us.

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