COLUMBUS, Ohio – From Oct. 1, 2019 through Jan. 31, 2020, any student, parent, fellow teacher, or other supporters can nominate their favorite agricultural teacher for a chance to be recognized as one of the best in California.
Nationwide recently recognized the contributions of 17 Iowa and Ohio agriculture teachers with the 2018-2019 inaugural Golden Owl Award. Nationwide established the award to honor teachers and support them with additional resources to assist their continued educational efforts in preparing the next generation for successful agricultural careers.
As a result of the positive response from the communities that Golden Owl Award nominees make a difference in, Nationwide expanded the campaign to include California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Iowa and Ohio.
The 2018-2019 Iowa Ag Educator of the Year has already seen a 30-student increase in his agricultural shop class for the fall—at a high school with just over 300 students. Recipient Brad Taylor, a teacher at Roland-Story High School in Story City, Iowa, credits this growth to the recognition he received through the Golden Owl Award.
“I think it’s important to be a role model for the students that we have in our classes so they understand what the opportunities are for their futures,” said Taylor. “This award symbolizes the hard work that individuals have put into agriculture education to help students realize what their full potential is.”
Six finalists in California will receive an individualized plaque and $500 to support their agriculture programs. One finalist will be crowned as California’s Ag Educator of the Year and will receive the Golden Owl Award trophy and $3,000 to help fund future educational efforts.
“We’re proud to recognize outstanding teachers for their dedication to agricultural education in their farming communities,” said Brad Liggett, president of agribusiness for Nationwide. “This award symbolizes the hard work that individual teachers have put into agricultural education to help students pursue their passion for farming.”
The Golden Owl Award raises awareness of the importance of agricultural education and the tremendous contributions of teachers. As the number one farm insurer in the United States¹, Nationwide aims to bring attention to the growing need for agricultural educators. This effort is the result of a partnership between Nationwide, the California FFA, California Farm Bureau, Illinois FFA, Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers, Farm Credit Illinois, the Iowa FFA Foundation, Ohio FFA, Ohio Farm Bureau, Pennsylvania FFA, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Compeer Financial. For more information, visit www.goldenowlaward.com.
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