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Congratulations to the 2021 NPGA Excellence Award Recipients
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
As the industry continues to grow, it’s important to recognize those individuals that have contributed to the development of the pulse industry.
Producer Excellence Award
Jerry & Kathy Sikorski
from Baker, MT are outstanding ambassadors that exemplify dedication and commitment through their strong support of the pulse industry and agriculture. “After a trip from visiting friends in Coleharbor, ND who
planted pulses, we started planting lentils in 1995 for forage for livestock because it was wonderful feed, high in protein and the cattle loved it. Once we discovered the soil benefits, we found a market and it became part of our rotation,” stated Kathy. Dalton Beyer, Jerry & Kathy’s grandson and Scott Wilson will be taking over the management of the farm – “hoping to carry on our vision,” says Kathy. When the COVID19 pandemic set in, they immediately sought out opportunities to help others. They began donating their own farm-grown lentils to food kitchens, shelters, and people in need throughout Montana. They delivered their lentils by the pickup load and even by airplane throughout Montana. As of late December, they had donated over 9,000 lbs. to people in need which would have costed over $30,000 if purchased commercially. Their kindness and benevolence have been noticed across the state with media reports on television, newspaper, magazine and radio. The Sikorski’s truly are an excellent example of neighbors helping neighbors within the pulse industry. The NPGA would like to thank Jerry & Kathy Sikorski for their dedication, generous contributions, and development of the pulse industry, and is proud to present them the “NPGA Producer Excellence Award.” Congratulations!
Industry Excellence Award
earned her Associates of Science Degree in Agriculture, Industry & Technology from Bismarck State College and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Business from Colorado State University. Her journey in the pulse industry began in 2013 when she started working for Pulse USA as their Eastern Sales Representative. During the past eight years, she has experienced many changes and advancements within Pulse USA and the pulse industry. She has greatly contributed to the growth of the pulse industry and has formed strong partnerships with many members within the pulse industry. Paul’s commitment and drive to growing the pulse industry through outreach activities via, social media, newsletter articles, grower meetings and field days has shown her efforts in promoting pulse crops. She is constantly looking for ways to improve and advance the pulse industry while focusing on the needs of customers, the environment, and the end users. Paul is an excellent representative of the pulse industry and is highly respected by the people with whom she works with, including co-workers, vendors, customers, competitors, and industry affiliates. “At the end of the day, I want to ensure that the work I did will have a positive impact and lasting impression on our farmers, those around me, the environment and future generations,” states Paul.
The NPGA would like to thank Emily for her dedication and contributions to the pulse industry. NPGA is proud to present the Industry Excellence Award to Emily Paul of Pulse USA. Congratulations Emily!
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