Orlando, FL (PRWEB) February 27, 2013
Bayer CropScience today honored Belzoni, Miss., crop farmer and sustainability advocate Jeremy Jack, 30, as its 2013 Young Sustainable Farmer. Bayer announced the award during its 8th Annual Ag Issues Forum, which brings together agribusiness, thought leaders and key media to foster conversation and share insight into issues impacting agriculture.
The Young Farmer Sustainability Award recognizes young agricultural producers who demonstrate excellence in business and environmental sustainability. Entrants are judged on entrepreneurial initiative and new approaches to farming, environmental and other on-farm sustainability efforts, as well as economic stability. The winner is picked by a panel of judges, which this year included Jeanne Bernick, Editor at Top Producer magazine; Tom Rufty, Professor of Crop Science, North Carolina State University; Blake Vander Vorst, Senior Agronomist, Ducks Unlimited; and Adrian Percy, Vice President, Development North America, Bayer CropScience.
Jack and his family business, Silent Shade Planting Co., farm 8,500 acres in the Mississippi Delta. Silent Shade produces corn, soybean, cotton, rice and wheat, collaborating with state environmental and water quality organizations to operate a demonstration farm designed to reclaim water and reduce runoff from irrigation and storm water. The system ultimately will reduce groundwater withdrawals and increase aquatic habitat, waterfowl areas and shorebird use.
“Jeremy Jack and Silent Shade Planting represent forward-thinking farming practices that will help assure a productive, profitable future for agriculture and an adequate food supply to feed a hungry planet,” said Adrian Percy, Vice President, Development North America, Bayer CropScience. “We are proud to recognize Jeremy’s contributions to U.S. agric
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