Northey presents Iowa Ag Leader awards
DES MOINES – Bill Northey, Iowa’s secretary of agriculture, highlighted 11 individuals, companies and organizations that were recognized March 7 with Ag Leader Awards for their progress, innovative solutions and commitment to serving Iowa’s communities through collaboration and hard work.
Northey created the Leader Awards to recognize Iowa citizens, companies and organizations who have made significant contributions to the state’s agriculture industry.
Those recognized have displayed leadership within the categories of innovation, conservation, education and promotion, service and collaboration.
“It is a tremendous honor and privilege to have the opportunity to recognize a group of leaders that have gone above and beyond in their service to Iowa agriculture,” Northey said. “These Ag Leader Award recipients tell, and live, the story of agriculture every day and I’m proud we have them as part of our Iowa agriculture family.”
The 11 award winners are:
- Innovation: Value-Added Ag – American Natural Processors, of Sioux City
American Natural Processors is one of the largest organic ingredient processors in the U.S., extracting and refining vegetable oils while also processing a wide variety of grains, seeds and biomass for markets around the world.
They have processing plants in Hartley, Cherokee, Galva and Sioux City.
“We as a company feel honored with the recognition,” said Mark Schuett, ANP president. “We believe, too, that as we extend our marketing efforts and increase product ingredients for both consumers and the livestock industry in response to their interests and needs, there’s additional progress yet to come from American Natural Processing.” Others from the Farm News coverage area are:
- Innovation: Research – Harrisvaccines, of Ames.
Founded in 2005 by Dr. Hank Harris, Harrisvaccines is a global leader in animal vaccine technology, specializing in swine and poultry.
They have a U.S. Department of Agriculture-licensed production facility in the Iowa State University Research Park, in Ames.
Harrisvaccines has been recently acquired by Merck Animal Health and will maintain its presence in Iowa.
- Innovation: Animal Agriculture – Dr. Darrell Trampel.
Trampel was universally respected and admired during his time as a professor at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, and his 32 years as Extension poultry vet and diagnostician. Trampel died in August 2014. His wife Christine accepted the award on his behalf.
- Education & Promotion: Economic Development – Iowa Area Development Group Founded in 1985, IADG has provided consultation and assistance to more than 2,000 projects for businesses and communities to invest and create jobs in Iowa.
- Global Greens Refugee Services: Service – Lutheran Services of Iowa.
Global Greens coordinates land access and production education for refugees in central Iowa to reconnect with the land. Its urban farm and Farmers Market offer business development training opportunities.
- Rural Solutions Program: Service – Easter Seals Iowa.
The Rural Solutions program serves farm families by making modifications to farm equipment and homes so that people can continue to make a living by farming.
Modifications can include designing and installing grain bin lifts, tractor and combine lifts and seating systems, extending and widening tractor steps and modifying hand tools. Since the program’s inception in 1986, it has allowed more than 1,800 Iowa farmers with disabilities from all 99 counties to continue farming.
The program has been replicated in over 30 states around the country.
- Collaboration – Iowa Food and Family Project.
The Iowa Food and Family Project is made up of farmers, farm groups, nutritionists, retailers, processors, manufacturers and consumers. Its activities bring Iowans together to help them have greater knowledge about food and trust in how farmers produce it.
Farm News correspondent Jolene Stevens contributed to this report.
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