Bayer CropScience Names Jeremy Jack 2013 Young Sustainable Farmer at Ag Issues Forum

Bayer CropScience Names Jeremy Jack 2013 Young Sustainable Farmer at Ag Issues

Award Recognizes Excellence in Business and Environmental Sustainability

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Bayer CropScience
today honored Belzoni, Miss., crop farmer and sustainability advocate Jeremy
Jack, 30, as its 2013 Young Sustainable Farmer. Bayer announced the award
during its 8th Annual Ag Issues Forum, which brings together agribusiness,
thought leaders and key media to foster conversation and share insight into
issues impacting agriculture.

The Young Farmer Sustainability Award recognizes young agricultural producers
who demonstrate excellence in business and environmental sustainability.
Entrants are judged on entrepreneurial initiative and new approaches to
farming, environmental and other on-farm sustainability efforts, as well as
economic stability. The winner is picked by a panel of judges, which this year
included Jeanne Bernick, Editor at Top Producer magazine; Tom Rufty, Professor
of Crop Science, North Carolina State University; Blake Vander Vorst, Senior
Agronomist, Ducks Unlimited; and Adrian Percy, Vice President, Development
North America, Bayer CropScience.

Jack and his family business, Silent Shade Planting Co., farm 8,500 acres in
the Mississippi Delta. Silent Shade produces corn, soybean, cotton, rice and
wheat, collaborating with state environmental and water quality organizations
to operate a demonstration farm designed to reclaim water and reduce runoff
from irrigation and storm water. The system ultimately will reduce groundwater
withdrawals and increase aquatic habitat, waterfowl areas and shorebird use.

"Jeremy Jack and Silent Shade Planting represent forward-thinking farming
practices that will help assure a productive, profitable future for
agriculture and an adequate food supply to feed a hungry planet," said Adrian
Percy, Vice President, Development North America, Bayer CropScience. "We are
proud to recognize Jeremy's contributions to U.S. agriculture, and what better
time than when industry thought leaders are gathered to discuss the topic of
sustainable agriculture."

Silent Shade engages agronomic consultants to help protect plant health and
control disease and insects. It employs the latest technology including
precision tools, such as aerial imagery, auto steer and variable rate input

For more on the sustainable practices at Silent Shade:


Jack, who currently serves as President of the Mississippi Soybean
Association, graduated from Mississippi State University (MSU) in 2005 with a
bachelor's in Agriculture Economics, and in 2006 with a Masters of
Agribusiness, focusing on Agriculture Policy. As part of his graduate work at
MSU, Jeremy worked in Washington, D.C., under U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran during
2008 Farm Bill negotiations. After college, Jack returned to the family's farm
rather than pursuing a career in agricultural policy. He believes the
potential for Silent Shade and its sustainable practices is "unlimited."

"I am honored to receive this award from Bayer CropScience because it
reinforces the values of good stewardship―toward the earth and the
community―that my family has practiced through the years," Jack said. "With
these values and innovative farming techniques, we can maximize profitability
and support our rural community for years to come."

Jack received the 2013 award from last year's Young Sustainable Farmer, John
Shepherd, and Top Producer Editor Jeanne Bernick.

For more information about the Bayer CropScience Young Farmer Sustainability
Award, visit

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care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of
Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR
7.255 billion (2011) and is one of the world's leading innovative crop science
companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest
control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high
value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and
biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern,
sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer
CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests
from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global
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