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2023 Food & Agribusiness Award

For Immediate Release



Nora Nolden, Communications Consultant

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Compeer Financial Accepting Nominations for 2023 Food & Agribusiness Award
Award recognizes advocacy, innovation, outreach and service in food and agribusiness sector

Sun Prairie, Wis. (March 28, 2023) – Compeer Financial, a Farm Credit cooperative based in the Upper Midwest, is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the organization’s third-annual Food & Agribusiness of the Year Award. The award recognizes and celebrates large-scale businesses in the food supply chain, outside the farm gates. From input providers, food processors, logistics and everything in between, this award honors those in the agribusiness supply chain who have shown great leadership in innovation, industry advocacy, community outreach and client service. 

Nominations are now open and will be accepted through April 30, 2023 at

Eligible businesses might include:

  • Food and beverage processing and manufacturing
  • Fiber manufacturers
  • Bio-fuel processing and manufacturing
  • Grain merchandising and processing
  • Ag input processing and manufacturing.


In addition to traditional ag ending, Compeer Financial also provides specialized financing, backed by an experienced team, for all types of large-scale food and agribusiness companies. 


“At Compeer, we understand and celebrate the role food and agribusinesses play in our rural communities,” said Jason Johnson, managing director of food and agribusiness at Compeer Financial. “They provide a necessary link to help farmers thrive and ensure the entire value chain continues to move forward. These businesses enhance the vitality of rural America, bringing employment opportunities and support for rural development that builds resilient communities.”

Nominations must be fore agribusinesses with revenue of $5 million or greater and who do most of their business within Compeer’s 144-county territory in Illinois, Minnesota or Wisconsin.

Nominees will be evaluated on excellence in agricultural leadership and advocacy, innovation, community involvement, perseverance and commitment to the agriculture industry and their clients. Agribusinesses are encouraged to nominate themselves, however, nominations can also be submitted by others connected to the business.

In 2022, Compeer Financial presented the Food & Agribusiness of the Year Award to Badger State Ethanol in Monroe, Wis., an ethanol plant that has doubled in size in the last two decades to meet growing ethanol demand.

The 2023 winner will be notified in May 2023 and will be invited to Compeer Financial’s Food and Agribusiness Conference in July 2023, where the award recipient will be revealed and highlighted. The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and be featured in a video telling their story, a press release, social media posts and an article in Compeer’s Cultivate Magazine.

To nominate a business, visit

About Compeer Financial

Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $29.7 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’s Women’s Seminars.


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