By DEBORAH GERTZ HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The key role played by agribusinesses in the region will be recognized with an annual award.
Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, for the 14th annual Agribusiness of the Year Award sponsored by the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee.
The winner will be recognized at a March 12 breakfast event sponsored by the committee and designed to showcase successful agricultural businesses in the Tri-States.
Committee Chairman Larry Lewis said the award is important to build awareness of the impact agribusinesses have in the area.
"Ag is outside of the beltline of the city limits of Quincy, but a lot of people love to eat at the restaurants in Quincy," Lewis said. "(Agribusinesses) have a place in the world economy and the economy of the Quincy area."
The contest is open to businesses of any size within a 50-mile radius of Quincy that have strong ties to the agricultural community, community involvement, a record of good customer service and modern business practices. The contest is not limited to chamber members.
Written nominations may be mailed to the chamber at 300 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 245, Quincy, IL 62301-4169; faxed to (217) 222-3033; or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past winners were Mast Productions in Payson, Western Illinois Veterinary Clinic in Quincy, B&B Livestock Supply near Camp Point, Bunte Truck Service in Payson, Dearwester Grain Services Inc. in Golden, Selby Implement in Quincy, Geo. Keller and Sons in Quincy, Lee Fertilizer in Camp Point, Quincy Farm and Home Supply, Farmers Livestock Sale Inc. in Coatsburg, Ursa Farmers Cooperative, Apple Basket Farms in Barry, and Lewis Hybrids in Ursa.
Adams County and its neighbors are home to companies "that are excellent contributors to the food and fiber supply" for the United States and beyond, Lewis said.
Commodity groups often recognize individual producers, but Lewis said it's also important to turn the spotlight on area businesses, including those spurred by the burgeoning interest in "homegrown fruits, vegetables and other items that are grown locally."
• For more information about the Agribusiness of the Year Award, call the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce office at (217) 222-7980.