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Nominations for 2023 GroundBreaker of the Year

For Immediate Release


Nora Nolden, Communications Consultant

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Compeer Financial Accepting Nominations for 2023 GroundBreaker of the Year
Award recognizes young, beginning and small farmers making a positive impact in agriculture


Sun Prairie, Wis., (June 14, 2022)  Compeer Financial, a Farm Credit cooperative based in the Upper Midwest, is pleased to announce nominations are now open for the 2023 GroundBreaker of the Year Award. The deadline to enter is August 31, 2022.


The award recognizes young, beginning and small farmers who have an unparalleled passion for agriculture and who are making a positive impact in the agriculture industry.


Nominees must be actively involved in farming in Illinois, Minnesota or Wisconsin and meet at least one of the following criteria for a young, beginning or small-operation farmer:


  • Age 35 or younger
  • 10 years or less of farming or ranching experience
  • Generate less than $250,000 in annual gross sales 


Potential award recipients may nominate themselves, or be nominated by a family member, friend, colleague, partner or acquaintance. Nominees will be evaluated on their agricultural leadership and advocacy, community involvement, perseverance and commitment to the agriculture industry.

Nominations are now being accepted at through August 31, 2022.


The winner will be announced at Compeer Financial’s GroundBreaker’s Conference in early 2023 and will receive a $5,000 cash award. The winner will also be featured in a video, article in Compeer’s Cultivate Magazine, social media, press release and more.


In 2022, Compeer Financial named Lindsay Baneck of Helenville, Wis. as the GroundBreaker of the Year. Linsday’s story can be viewed here.


About Compeer Financial

Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $27.7 billion organization provides loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Based in the Upper Midwest, Compeer Financial exists to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America, while providing personalized service and expertise to clients and the agriculture industry.

Compeer Financial is the third largest cooperative of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending institutions supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. Learn more about Compeer Financial.


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