Mid America CropLife Elects 2020-2021 Leaders, Gives Awards

The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) held its annual business meeting virtually this week, and elected officers for 2020-2021. The group also filled several board of director positions at the September 10 meeting. 
New officers are President Lindsey Jackson, Epogee; Vice President Rodney Schmidt, Bayer CropScience and Secretary/Treasurer Joe Olson, Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC. Tim Riley, AMVAC, will serve as immediate past president.

Elected to three-year board of director terms were Shelbi Domjen, Kova and Jane Hanson, Rosen’s Inc.

Elected to complete a two-year board of director term was Deanna Smith, MFA, Inc. 

Other board members include David Bartine, XPO Logistics; Susan Macy, Valent; Brian Clark, Schuetz Container Systems, Inc., Lisa Klein, MMI; Jay Morris, Morris-Bixby; and Randy Stookey, KARA.

Additionally, the MACA Educator of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Charles (Chuck) Rice, Kansas State University.

The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated significant contributions to American agriculture, especially in the MACA region. Also, the person has demonstrated evidence of consistency in educating the public on the value of production agriculture.  

Dr. Rice is a University Distinguished Professor and holds the Vanier University Professorship at Kansas State University. He is a Professor of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Agronomy. He earned his degrees from Northern Illinois University and the University of Kentucky.  

Dr. Rice is a past Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work with the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007. He is a relentless advocate for conservation agriculture and one of the most influential speakers in the U.S. on soil health and conservation practices for production ag. 

He’s also served on various boards including the National Corn Growers Task Force for Green House Gas Emissions and Global Warming; he chairs the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources of the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine; he was a founding leader of the No-Till on the Plains farmer association and technical advisory lead for the Soil Health Partnership that leads farmer driven soil research on over 160 active farms across the U.S. 

He sits on the advisory panel of several corporate sustainability teams across the industry and is an active teaching professor helping introduce agriculture to the future of our industry.  He has advised over 40 graduate students and 10 post-doctorates and has over 200 publications.  

The Ruth White Media Award is presented to an individual who’s demonstrated an evidence of consistent, objective, and accurate reporting on American agriculture and the myriad of issues involved in modern agriculture, including the CropLife industry. This year’s winner is Margy Eckelkamp, Editor of The Scoop, a part of Farm Journal Inc.  

Margy is a multimedia journalist who provides the agricultural industry with leading service journalism. Since 2006, Margy has reported on machinery, agronomy, and technology for Farm Journal. Eckelkamp works to bring the foremost in industry news to the public through multiple channels including print, digital and broadcast such as her periodic features on AgriTalk. When launching a product to the market, Margy has made it a priority to ‘get ahead’ of her competition with the lead story.  She’s objective and does accurate reporting, yet provides important and useful information.

Eckelkamp is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a BS in Agriculture Journalism.