Every year, Bayer recognizes individuals who are working toward solutions in innovation, community and sustainability, and this year, the sixth annual awards went to two deserving individuals.
The Young Farmer Sustainability Award went to Tyler Wegmeyer, from Wegmeyer Farms, a family farm that produces produce and specialty crops. Tyler has had experience working in Washington, D.C. as part of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, as well as the American Farm Bureau Federation.
"We try to create an experience that is not only about the basics of agriculture like how a strawberry or pumpkin grows, but how a farmer works with and cares for the land and environment using science-based modern production methods to grow safe, nutritious food," Wegmeyer said.
The Produce Innovation Award went to Amy Machamer, who operates Hurd Orchards with her mother. Machamer works to raise awareness of health benefits that come from consuming produce.
"Our outreach programs are often a forum for us to share with guests the most important things about our farm, as well as our most thoughtful insights about agriculture and food," Machamer said.