Illinois Farmers Win NCGA Field of Corn Photo Contests
National Corn Growers Association has been doing a photo contest for the past 9 years and IL Corn is thrilled to congratulate this year’s Illinois farmer winners. With eight different photo categories, here is a glimpse of the Illinois winners:
1st place: Taylor Bernhard
Photo: Cover Crop for Conservation
Taylor is a teacher and a farm wife in Sugar Grove, IL who enjoys the outdoors and photography.
2nd place: Jake Collins
Photo: Little Doe on the Prairie
Jake grew up in the small town of Mt. Zion, attended Northwestern University, and is currently a research scientist. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, photography and gardening.
3rd place: Dave Peters
Dave farms with his wife in Manteno, IL and he loves photography. The picture he submitted for the contest was his daughter Katelyn and her fiancée, CJ. They wanted some engagement pictures and this shot was one on a whim. Dave serves on the Compeer Financial board of directors and one of the initiatives they are involved in is “Rural Vitality.” “It’s great to see these kinds of contests that really capture the beauty and blessings of the rural lifestyle,” said Dave.
1st place: Todd Wachtel
Photo: 130th Crop off the Home Centennial Farm
Todd Wachtel is a 5th generation corn and soybean farmer in south central Illinois. “I am thankful for the technology that lets me “document” our current farming practices and wish my ancestors would have had the same opportunity,” says Todd.