Forward Thinker Award

A part of Farm Credit Mid-America’s Growing Forward® Program

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Do you have the innovative mind of a Forward Thinker?

All across our four states, there are young and beginning farmers who are blazing the path for the next generation of agriculture, despite the obstacles that face this generation and the hard work it takes. Farm Credit Mid-America thanks you for your dedication to the industry, which is why we are thrilled to reward you! The Forward Thinker award is a self-nominated award designed to recognize and showcase the extraordinary efforts of those individuals. Applicants for this award will be judged on their leadership, involvement, goals and how they implement unique practices to drive their operation forward.

The Forward Thinker award recipient will receive $5,000 and the opportunity to be recognized at one of our Know to Grow® conferences the following year.

Application Opens: July 14, 2022
Deadline to Apply: August 19, 2022
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Eligibility

  1. An applicant can be an individual or couple that is married or has similar legal rights.
  2. Applicants must be Farm Credit Mid-America customers that have a loan in the Growing Forward® program or be a graduate of the Growing Forward® program.
  3. Must have attended the Know to Grow® conference or Know to Thrive (level 2 conference) and be current with providing annual financial information.
  4. Applicant must not be a Farm Credit Mid-America employee or immediately related to one.
  5. Applicant must not be a part of the Farm Credit Mid-America Board of Directors or Nominating Committee.
  6. Applicant must not be a local elected official.
  7. Applicant must be willing to do an in-person or virtual interview and presentation.

Read the Official Rules

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