Through Nationwide’s We Stand For You® advocacy efforts, Nationwide shows farmers and agribusinesses that it supports them—and does what’s right for the members it serves.
That’s why Nationwide helped create the Stand Up award program to honor farmers making a difference in their communities—farmers like Matt DeMatteo.
In collaboration with the Nationwide-sponsored “Small Town Big Deal”—a weekly RFD-TV program that celebrates the stories of rural American life—the award was created to highlight the great work being done by farmers across the nation.
Promoted on “Small Town Big Deal” throughout 2014, community members could nominate Stand Up award recipients online. Of the more than 300 nominations received, DeMatteo’s story struck a chord.
For the 23-year-old resident of New Philadelphia, farming was a lifelong dream. After graduating from Ohio State University, he returned to the family farm where he works with his brother and volunteers with the local fire department.
After his farming mentor tragically lost his life in a tractor roll-over just weeks before harvest, DeMatteo rallied his community in support. He led a tractor tribute and, with the help of other local farmers, harvested the farmer’s crops.
“This young man is always doing good things,” said his Nationwide Agent Lynette Dauch. “He has become someone that people look up to. The impact of this on the community will never be measured; bringing together family, friends and acquaintances to mourn and share grief is a big task. Matt made it happen. We need more young adults like Matt in this world.”
DeMatteo was featured on “Small Town Big Deal” Nov. 12, where he shared his story and received the Stand Up award. Check the show’s website smalltownbigdeal.com for details about where to watch.
“Partnering with the most-watched show on a network that targets rural audiences and those involved in agriculture allows us to tap into the creativity, innovation and resourcefulness of rural Americans,” said Brad Liggett, agribusiness president for Nationwide. “And highlighting the work of individuals like Matt DeMatteo is just one of the ways we continue to stand for our members and for the entire agricultural community.”
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Published in the January/February 2016 issue of Our Ohio.