Syngenta is looking for their 22nd class of No-Till Innovators — farmers, researchers, organizations, and others who have identified ways to no-till more effectively, more economically, and with better impact on the environment.
“We’re proud to partner with No-Till Farmer again to seek out a new class of innovators of sustainable farming methods,” said Melissa Lord, customer event & tradeshow lead at Syngenta. “Year over year, growers, educators, and organizations alike continue to highlight how their advancement in the no-tillage industry are making a positive impact on the environment and their local communities.”
Nominations are open through August 1 to individuals or groups, who have significantly contributed to advancing no-till farming in the U.S. or Canada, regardless of the crop grown, brand of equipment used, or crop protection or seed products used. The Innovator Awards recognize excellence in each of the following four categories:
- Business and Service: A business or service representative who promotes the environmental and economic advantages of no-till or who encourages the adoption of these practices. Potential nominees include certified crop consultants, agronomists, professional farm managers and retailers; fertilizer, agrichemical, seed, and equipment dealers; or individuals who have designed an innovative modification to existing equipment, created new equipment, or developed a new method to improve no-till farming.
- Crop Production: A grower who has increased the economic viability of no-till on his or her farm. Criteria include innovation, creativity, willingness to share findings with others, and creating a positive image for the practice.
- Organization: A group that has actively promoted no-till farming through activities, programs, clubs, or educational seminars.
- Research and Education: A university researcher, educator, center of influence, or extension specialist who tests and evaluates no-till concepts, products, or equipment, and who promotes the benefits of no-till farming.
The 2017 winners will be announced at the National No-Tillage Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, January 9-12, 2018. Winners will receive complimentary registration and lodging for the duration of the conference, as well as a special token of appreciation to commemorate the honor.