Chicago, IL (Feburary 4, 2011) —Today’s young producers must balance the financial, environmental and societal impacts of agriculture. In recognition of this responsibility, Ryan Kirby, a 2,500-acre grower from Belcher, La., was named the 2011 Tomorrow’s Top Producer Sustainability Award winner, presented by Top Producer and sponsored by Bayer CropScience at the Tomorrow’s Top Producer meeting in Chicago on Jan. 25.
Kirby says his goal is to provide a stable, plentiful farm income for his family, while benefiting the environment as much as he can. He shows a passion for agriculture and for growing cotton, corn, soybeans and wheat in the most sustainable manner through water-conserving irrigation systems, precision application of fertilizer and inputs, and diversified crop rotations to manage risk.
“Bayer CropScience and TOP PRODUCER recognize that the younger generation of growers will need to demonstrate sustainability to their buyers and the end consumer more than ever before,” says Nick Hamon, vice president and head of sustainability for Bayer CropScience. “We want to reward those producers who show sustainable practices in their farming operations today and who plan to grow sustainably in the future.”
According to Kirby’s application for the award, he defines sustainability in agriculture as “the ability of agriculture to feed the entire world population without sacrificing the long-term viability or health of anything that agriculture affects, from the farmer to the consumer and the environment.”
“As we look to improve agricultural practices, sustainability plays a key role in increasing high-quality yields while protecting the environment,” says Top Producer editor Jeanne Bernick. “Young producers such as Ryan set a precedent for fellow growers to follow.”
As the award winner, Kirby received a Panasonic Toughbook laptop computer and a scholarship to attend Farm Journal’s Corn College educational seminar this summer. You can read more about Kirby and his sustainability practices in an upcoming issue of Top Producer.
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