Three farmers have been selected from 10 finalists as winners of the Power to Do More contest: Shirley Schroeder of Le Mars, Iowa; Shana Guttery of Alton, Kansas; and Charles Krause of Buffalo, Minnesota.
Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, is donating a total of $30,000 to the three winners’ communities and a trip for two to their dream sports field. Additionally, the company is donating $1,000 to each community of the remaining seven finalists, totaling $37,000.
“We are blown away by the participation in this year’s contest and want to congratulate the winners,” says Lyndsie Kaehler, U.S. corn herbicides product manager, Dow AgroSciences. “In addition to donating money to the 10 community organizations, like last year, we are going to create videos of the three winning farmers to showcase the power of their operations. We appreciate their dedication to farming and their communities and are so proud to give back to them.”
Season 2 of the Power to Do More contest called upon farmers to submit a unique photo and story about the power of their farm operations. The 10 contest finalists were selected from hundreds of entries, based on the originality and creativity of their photos and stories.
Between March 27 and April 22, friends, family and neighbors of the 10 contest finalists voted online for their favorite farmer and community.
Schroeder submitted a photo of her multigenerational family, noting the family believes there is no greater calling than to feed the world. She described the family members’ powerful enthusiasm that they bring to all areas of their operation, leading to personal fulfillment and financial success. As a winner of the Power to Do More contest, Schroeder will receive two tickets to a baseball game at Wrigley Field this fall, plus $10,000 for the MMCRU school FFA program.
Guttery submitted a photo of her children, who are sixth generation family farmers in north-central Kansas. Her children help drive the grain cart, move from field to field and prepare meals. As a winner of the Power to Do More contest, Guttery will receive two tickets to a race at Talladega Speedway this fall, plus $10,000 for the Osborne County Community Foundation.
Krause submitted a photo of his family pictured with their powerful dairy cow, Ditto, who is the highlight of many farm tours throughout the year. Krause, his wife and children are fifth- and sixth- generation dairy farmers in central Minnesota. As a winner of the Power to Do More contest, Krause will receive two tickets to a football game at Levi’s Stadium this fall, plus $10,000 for the Buffalo FFA community school garden.
In appreciation of their effort and participation in the Power to Do More contest, Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont is donating $1,000 to each community organization nominated by the remaining seven finalists:
- Dean Atkins — Prairie Central High School’s track and football field in Chenoa, Illinois
- Jonathan Lawler — Eastern Hancock School’s sports program in Greenfield, Indiana
- Ryan Heiniger — Mediapolis FFA in Mediapolis, Iowa
- James Kirch — Wisner-Pilger FFA in Beemer, Nebraska
- Ryan Nickerson — Doniphan-Trumbull FFA in Doniphan, Nebraska
- Val Wagner — Prairie Rose 4-H Club in Monango, North Dakota
- Todd Yackley — Onida Fire Department in Onida, South Dakota
Resicore herbicide is the sponsor of this contest.
Source: Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont