UPL, a global agricultural solutions company, recently announced the Allies for Agriculture initiative. The program was created to recognize those who are advancing and transforming agriculture to ensure food security.
Nominations are being accepted here, and winners will be announced on a bimonthly basis beginning in July 2022. In addition to recognizing the contributions that each winner has made, UPL will make a $1,000 donation on behalf of each winner to a local food bank in their community. Each winner will receive a $250 gift card to a restaurant of their choice. UPL is partnering with growers, crop advisors, food processors and distributors in the recognition effort.
Nominee evaluations will be based on input provided by the nominator. Each candidate will be judged on the following criteria:
- The change that they affected in their segment of production
- Ability to tell their story and represent the Allies for Agriculture program
- Overall enthusiasm and character
- Understanding of importance of what they do relative to the overall food chain
“The global pandemic showed us the importance of our food system and the dedicated people — from farm to retail — who work tirelessly to ensure a sustainable supply,” said Craig Brekkas, head of UPL North America. “We are proud to partner with other like-minded organizations to recognize the innovators who are making a difference throughout the entire food chain.”
Winners will be recognized for advancements such as new, sustainable ag practices in the field; innovations in food processing; efficiency in transportation and logistics; and new processes in retail. A judging panel comprised of industry leaders from partnering organizations and UPL will select a winner every other month.
Winners’ stories will be featured on the Allies for Agriculture website, which over time will become an educational resource that showcases how the different stages of the food chain work together to ensure food security.
“UPL recognizes that there are many challenges faced by the food channel,” Brekkas said. “Allies for Agriculture is designed to celebrate the people who are making a difference while making a positive impact in our communities through donations to local food banks.”
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