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6 winners announced as 2020 Harvest Heroes


The Harvest Heroes contest, put on by The Mosaic Company, recognizes those who have gone above and beyond to make the harvest season easier. This year, six winners were selected to celebrate the resilience and spirit of the agriculture community, which has never been more important.  

“We celebrate the grit and determination it takes to make harvest happen with this contest as a token of our gratitude,” said Mindy Dale, senior brand manager at The Mosaic Company

The Harvest Heroes contest, acknowledges people who have helped out in big or small ways to ensure a safe and successful harvest season. Individuals in the agriculture community were invited to nominate those in their life who have made impactful contributions, both in the ordinary and extraordinary ways. 

The six winners come from around the U.S. and were selected for their noteworthy stories:

Jenna Binde from Crosby, North Dakota — Jenna was selected as the grand prize winner and will receive the Super Harvest Hero Prize pack for her inspirational contributions. When a local farmer was hospitalized during harvest, Jenna helped organize neighbors and friends to harvest his 1,000 acres, haul his hay and move his cattle while he was out of commission. 

Gavin Held from Waconia, Minnesota — After family friends unexpectedly found themselves farming solo this year, Gavin stepped in to help them out with everything from moving equipment, running the combine, grabbing parts or other needs. He was there — day or night to ensure harvest was pulled off this year. 

Wesley Thomas from Elizabethtown, Kentucky — Wesley gave birth to her and her husband’s first child just a week before harvest started this year, but didn’t miss a beat supporting the harvest crew, delivering dinners to fields and moving equipment — on top of caring for a newborn. 

Barbara Sloan from Athens, Illinois — Barb took over the farm after her husband passed away in 2009 and, at age 74, is using her new CDL license to run equipment and help on her granddaughter’s operation. 

Timothy Boerner from Palatine, Illinois — Tim has nearly 40 years of experience as an agronomist, providing invaluable scouting reports for clients. This year, he started providing expertise for Agri-View’s “From the Field Report,” as well as his other reporting duties. His customers praise his problem-solving skills, understanding of multiple ag systems and the care he takes to communicate, especially during a challenging year. 

Erik Hill from Dixon, Illinois Nominated by his mother, Erik is praised as being an exceptionally hard worker who shows up to help his family all year long with chores, field work, working cattle and more, in addition to working full-time off the farm, utilizing his degree in ag business.

The winners will be delivered prize packages which include a YETI cooler and a selection of items from The Mosaic Company and SharkFarmer to thank them for their contributions. As the Super Harvest Hero, Jenna Binde also receives a DeWalt jobsite radio with battery charger and will be featured in an upcoming episode of the SharkFarmer podcast. 

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