Thousands of votes have been cast and three farmers have been awarded the power to do more with a $10,000 donation to their community. Of the 10 finalists in the Power to Do More contest sponsored by Resicore® herbicide, Chad Hibma of Harris, Iowa, Curt Robbins of Fairfield, Illinois and Lee Stammen of Fort Recovery, Ohio, were the top three to receive the most votes and each earn a trip for two to their dream sports field.
“Each of the winning farmers has a unique and powerful story, and we’re excited to share it,” says Lyndsie Kaehler, U.S. corn herbicides product manager, Dow AgroSciences. “In addition to donating a total of $37,000 to 10 community organizations, we are creating short videos to showcase the power of our three winning farmers later this year. We recognize the long hours farmers spend in their fields, and we look forward to giving three farmers the power to do more off of the farm, too.”
Dow AgroSciences is donating a total of $37,000, with $10,000 to the three winning communities and an additional $1,000 to the communities of the remaining seven finalists.
Between April 24 and May 21, friends, family and neighbors of the 10 contest finalists cast thousands of votes for their favorite finalist and community. Each finalist had previously entered the contest by submitting a unique photo and story about the power of their operations, many of which included family, farm equipment and picturesque landscapes. Resicore® herbicide, the sponsor of this contest, was designed to give farmers power over weeds and versatility to control more than 70 tough weeds that rob corn yield, profit and time.
As a winner of the Power to Do More contest, Hibma will receive two tickets to a football game at Sports Authority Field in Denver this fall, plus $10,000 for the Harris Lake Park FFA chapter of the National FFA Organization.
A diehard Chicago Bears fan, Robbins will receive a trip for two to Soldier Field in Chicago plus $10,000 for the Fairfield Community High School football field.
Stammen, who earned the Fort Recovery High School’s first FFA State Star Farmer award in 2006, will receive a $10,000 donation for the Fort Recovery FFA chapter and two tickets to a football game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
In appreciation of the finalists’ effort and participation in the Power to Do More contest, Dow AgroSciences is donating $1,000 to each community organization nominated by the remaining seven finalists:
- Matt Widboom — Worthington Area YMCA in Worthington, Minnesota
- Paxton Folkerts — Thayer County 4-H in Thayer County, Nebraska
- Kelly Cheesewright — Cayuga Park Board in Cayuga, Indiana
- Michael Wegener — Humphrey Veterans Memorial Fund in Humphrey, Nebraska
- Corey Hillebo — North Polk FFA near Madrid, Iowa
- Betty Janke — Lincoln High School FFA near Hixton, Wisconsin
- Phil Weihmeir — Olympia High School baseball field in Stanford, Illinois