In partnership with Nationwide, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio FFA and Farm Credit Mid-America, the Golden Owl Award returns to Ohio to crown the state’s top ag educator. Now through Dec. 31 2020, students, parents, fellow teachers or other supporters can nominate their favorite agricultural teacher for a chance to win great cash prizes and the distinction of Ohio Agricultural Educator of the Year.
“It’s an honor to recognize outstanding teachers for their dedication to agricultural education in their communities,” said Brad Liggett, president of Agribusiness at Nationwide. “This award symbolizes the hard work individual teachers put into agricultural education to help students pursue their passion for farming or other careers in ag.”
Following the nomination period, an established selection committee will evaluate nominations received and select 10 finalists. Each finalist will receive an individualized plaque, and $500 will be awarded to each finalist’s school ag program. During the 2021 Ohio FFA State Convention, one finalist will be crowned the 2020-2021 Ohio Agricultural Educator of the Year and will receive the coveted Golden Owl Award trophy. That teacher’s school will receive an additional $3,000 in funding to help bring new educational opportunities to its ag program and students.
As the No. 1 farm insurer in the country*, Nationwide supports the future of the agricultural community through meaningful sponsorships of national and local organizations. In conjunction with the Golden Owl Award, Nationwide is donating $5,000 to each participating state’s FFA, including the Ohio FFA, to further support the personal and professional growth of students, teachers and advisors alike.
Nominations are due Dec. 31, 2020. Teachers will be judged for their dedication to agriculture education, their commitment to students and their impact on students
Meet 2020 winner Christi Bachman, from Bloom-Carroll High School
Meet the 2019 winner John Poulson, from Pettisville High School