The 10 finalists will each receive a touchscreen tablet with a leather case. They also compete for the grand prize: a $500 gas card and the chance to be featured in an issue of Thrive magazine, according to a news release.
The competition began in April and invited growers and other agricultural industry professionals to describe what makes their farms or agribusinesses thrive.
“From new technology to family, the topics of participants’ responses were both thoughtful and heartfelt,” Wendell Calhoun, communications manager at Syngenta, said in the release.
The 10 finalists:
- Bobby Byrd, Plainview, Texas
- Jim Cuddeback, Washington, Iowa
- Gary Heyerdahl, Cooperstown, N.D.
- Mark Lynch, Barnum, Iowa
- Wade Ostrander, Indianapolis, Ind.
- Edward Silva, Davis, Calif.
- Stacey Stearns, Storrs, Conn.
- Robert Subart, Robinson, N.D.
- Dean Taylor, Blissfield, Mich.
- William Garrison Thompson, Georgetown, Ky.
All of the winning essays and photos are on the Thrive website. Online voting and judge scoring will determine the grand-prize winner. To vote, go to the Drive to Thrive page at www.syngentathrive.com. Voting ends Sept. 1; the winner will be announced in October.