Bayer CropScience Launches Third Annual Young Farmer Sustainability Award Program

Recognizes young agricultural producers who excel in economic, environmental and innovative practices on the farm

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The Young Farmer Sustainability Award recognizes and supports our next generation of growers—a generation that is critical to meet the demands of a growing population.

Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) December 12, 2012

Bayer CropScience uses science and innovation to uncover the most sustainable solutions for its customers, its employees and its communities. Now through January 24, 2013, the crop protection company is asking young agricultural producers to share their stories on how they are demonstrating excellence in business and environmental sustainability in its 2013 Young Farmer Sustainability Award program.

To apply, any farmer or rancher age 40 and under who receives at least half of his or her income from farming and farm-related ventures, must complete the entry form, along with the essay questions, and send a letter of reference from an accountant, banker, input dealer/representative or agribusiness leader.

A panel of industry experts will select a winner in early February 2013. The winner will be announced at Bayer's annual Ag Issues Forum just before the 2013 Commodity Classic in Orlando, Fla. later that month.

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%). First Place wins a new laptop computer and all-expense paid trips to the 2013 Commodity Classic and a scholarship to a Farm Journal learning event.

“Young men and women across the United States are tackling agriculture challenges with innovative, sustainable solutions,” said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience North America. “The Young Farmer Sustainability Award recognizes and supports our next generation of growers—a generation that is critical to meet the demands of a growing population.”

The 2011 and 2012 winners were Ryan Kirby of Belcher, La., and John Shepherd of Blackstone, Va., respectively. Learn more about Ryan and John and their efforts in agriculture sustainability on the Sustainability Award page at bayercropscience.us.

Bayer is dedicated to crop protection and is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable agricultural practices, including the protection of beneficial insects such as honey bees.
For additional information and background on other sustainability initiatives please visit http://www.bayercropscience.us/our-commitment/bayer-initiatives.

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About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 7.255 billion (2011) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 21,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: press.bayercropscience.com.

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

Becca Hogan
Manger of External Communications, Bayer CropScience
Tel: (919) 549-2998
Email: becca(dot)hogan(at)bayer(dot)com

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Find more information at bayercropscience.us.

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