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Berks agriculture group seeks nominees for awards

Do you know an amazing agriculture advocate or a fabulous farm woman? The Berks Agricultural Resource Network, B.A.R.N., is  seeking nominations for several award categories meant to acknowledge and encourage excellence in agriculture-related areas.

One of the awards recognizes excellence in agriculture-related fields like science, economics, farming, veterinary work, philanthropy and more.

This will be the fifth year for the program the highlights the best of the Berks County agricultural community.

The awards:

2021 Bountiful Berks Award: to recognize individuals or groups, or a project, that have distinguished themselves by achieving and/or promoting best practices in agriculture or related businesses.

2021 Agriculture Journalism Award: to recognize three examples of exemplary articles, blog posts, podcasts or television spots about agriculture published between October 2020 and September 2021

2021 Agriculture Communications Award: to recognize three examples of exemplary newsletters, social media posts, etc., about agriculture published between October 2020 and September 2021.

2021 Tressie S. Caton Women in Agriculture Award: named after Caton, a tireless and vibrant member of Pennsylvania’s Agri-Women organization, to recognize excellence in agriculture-related fields like, science, economics, farming, veterinary work, philanthropy and more.

Nominations should include a 250-word typed, personal statement or testament.

All nominees must live in Berks County.

Include your name, email address, home address and phone number with your submission. Deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m.

Submit entries via email:

Or mailed: Berks Agriculture Resource Network

Attn. Bountiful Berks Awards

1238 County Welfare Road, Suite 260

Leesport, PA 19533

Awards will be presented at the B.A.R.N. and Greater Reading Chamber Alliance Local Holiday Gift Guide Launch Celebration at Reinhart’s Tree Farm, Jefferson Township, on Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. Information about the Gift Guide Launch Celebration will be forthcoming and posted to

Here are the previous winners

Bountiful Berks Award
2020: Ron Nolen, Hope Rescue Mission
2019: Tim Twiford, Redner’s Fresh Market Concept
2018: Phoebe Bitler, Vista Grande Farm

Agricultural Communications Award
2020: Ben and Karah Davies, Wild Fox Farm
2019: Lena Schaeffer, Dove Song Dairy
2018: Michele Brown, Cold Creek Farms
2017: Jodi Gauker, Gauker Farms

Agricultural Journalism Award
2020: Courtney Love, Lancaster Farming
2019: Brittany Sweeney, Channel 39 PBS
2018: Jim Lewis, Reading Eagle
2017: Lisa Scheid, Reading Eagle’s Berks Country

Tressie Caton Woman in Agriculture Award
2020: Lucine Sihelnik, City of Reading
2019: Sherry Furhmann, Pure Wild Tea
2018: Sue Younker, Kirbyville Holsteins
2017: Stacey Mullen, The Berry Farm and Orchard

Source: Berkshire mont

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