Published online: Jun 18, 2009
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The Larry Branen Idaho Ag Summit committee is seeking nominations for the Governor's Awards for Excellence in Agriculture. 

As part of the annual Ag Summit, Idaho's governor Butch Otter recognizes individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the Idaho agricultural industry. The Ag Summit will take place February 8-9, 2010 in Boise. 

Nominations can be made in any of the following five categories: 

Education/Advocacy: A person in any profession who is committed to educating Idaho citizens about the importance of agriculture and the agricultural industry to their life, culture and economy. An advocate is one who is devoted to promoting agriculture to the public, government officials and other decisions makers at the local, state and/or national level. 

Environmental Stewardship: An individual or agri-business that demonstrates a commitment to maintaining and improving the quality of the air, water or soil as a result of innovative practices, technologies and/or partnerships. 

Marketing Innovation: A grower, shipper, processor or commodity group that demonstrates excellence and effectiveness of individual programs conducted in an effort to develop or increase sales of Idaho food or agriculture products, internationally or domestically. This may include development and use of new markets, new marketing methods or new uses for agriculture products and/or services. 

Technical Innovation: An individual or agri-business that develops or implements new methods or mechanisms to advance agricultural production or processing. 

Lifetime Achievement:  An individual who has dedicated his/her life to the advancement of agriculture through production, innovation, improvement, leadership, service and advocacy and who embodies the high standards of Idaho agriculture and sets an example for others to follow. 

For nomination forms and additional information about the Governor's Awards for Excellence in Agriculture, visit the Idaho Ag Summit webpage at or call
208-888-0988. Nominations must be received at 55 SW 5th Ave, Suite 100, Meridian, ID 83642 by July 1.