Larry Mitchell, American Corn Growers Association (ACGA) chief executive officer, has announced his organization will recall 11 awards presented since 1995 to agricultural electronic and print journalists. The action is a result of a request made by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) due to a trademark violation.

"The issue in question is this," said Mitchell. "Since 1995, ACGA has identified and presented an award, titled the 'American Corn Growers Association Voice of Agriculture Award,' to an outstanding agricultural journalist at our annual convention. AFBF contends that 'Voice of Agriculture' is a Registered Service Mark protected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. AFBF is sensitive to the possibility that members of the public and agricultural community will mistakenly believe that the ACGA award is sponsored by or associated with AFBF."

"We will expand upon the courtesy by offering an immediate, voluntary and public recall to all of our previous recipients of our previously known 'Voice of Agriculture' awards and offer each of them a replacement award if they should request one," according to Mitchell. "These replacement awards, as well as all future awards, will be renamed "The ACGA True Voice of Agriculture Award."

Source: Association Release