WAKEFIELD – Three individuals have been selected as finalists for this year’s Syngenta #RootedinAg Contest and one is in the area.
Hannah Borg was listed among the 2020 finalists for the competition which invites members of the ag community to share their inspiring stories of their mentors.
Borg is a young farmer in northeast Nebraska who pays tribute to her 86-year-old grandma, Lois Borg. The Borg family has farmed for 135 years and Hannah is in the sixth-generation farming family.
Borg said this contest allowed her to tell a story rooted in Ag.
“Just telling those everyday stories and letting other people meet mentors in agriculture,” said Borg. “So, I chose to create a video about my grandma and kind of tell her story in why I’m rooted in ag.”
Borg is the oldest of 10 grandchildren to Lois Borg and graduated from Wakefield before attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study Agricultural Communications.
Borg was then able to come to the farm full-time after college.
“To help my mom run our chicken barns,” Borg added. “Then also, I help out my dad on our cattle and crop operation. So, I’m on the farm day-to-day and I love it. I also pursue some communication work off the farm.”
Syngenta is one of the world’s leading agriculture companies.
Other finalists include Stephon Fitzpatrick, a doctoral student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and DeLeon Pope, an independent certified crop advisor in Clinton, North Carolina.
Each finalist will receive a mini touch-screen tablet as the grand prizewinner will be awarded with $500, a $1,000 donation to a local charity or civic organization and a professional photo shoot. Additionally, Syngenta will feature the winning story in an upcoming issue of ‘Thrive’ magazine.
If she wins, Borg would donate the money to the Wakefield Heritage Organization.
Among the tribute to her grandmother, Borg admires her storytelling.
“We’ve been at it for a while so there’s deep roots in Wakefield,” Borg mentioned. “She has just documented our family’s history and just has been able to tell those stories to us grandkids. So, I really value all the time that she has put into it.”
Visitors to the ‘Thrive’ magazine website can vote for their favorite finalist through September 15. Online voting, along with judges’ scores, decides who wins the grand prize, which Syngenta will announce this fall.
Borg explained the easiest way to go vote would be search ‘Syngenta Thrive Contest’.
“Click on the first link on the right hand side you’ll see where you can vote for the finalists,” said Borg. “You can meet the other two finalists but I would really appreciate it if you clicked on my name. You can vote a couple times and bring the money back to Wakefield, Nebraska.”
For more information and to vote for your favorite finalist, go to the #RootedinAg Contest page at www.SyngentaThrive.com/Contest. Join the conversation online – connect with Syngenta at Syngenta-us.com/social.
Hear the complete interview with Hannah Borg on Monday, August 24 just after 9 a.m. on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and just after 6 p.m. on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590. The interview will also be posted under the ‘Podcasts’ tab found by selecting the ‘Community’ drop-down on waynedailynews.com.