KANSAS CITY, MO — Kip Tom of Tom Farms and candidate for U.S. Congress was selected along with Ambassador Kenneth Quinn of the World Food Prize to receive the Agriculture Future of America Leader in Agriculture Award. The award was presented Friday, Nov. 6.
The award is presented annually to two individuals who have made significant contributions within the food and agriculture industry and have a record of supporting career and leader development for young men and women in agriculture. Each award honors an individual whose accomplishments, personally and professionally, distinguish him or her as a mentor to young leaders in the agriculture industry.
This award was presented during the Leader in Agriculture Award Dinner, which coincided with the annual AFA Leaders Conference each year. Over 1,100 top global leaders, students and supporters of agriculture were in attendance to celebrate our industry and network with peers.
Past recipients include; Dr. Norman E. Borlaug,1970 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; Pat Roberts, United States Senator Kansas; Clayton Yeutter, former Secretary of Agriculture; Howard G. Buffett, farmer and president, Howard G. Buffett Foundation; Bob Stallman, farmer and president American Farm Bureau Federation; Carl M. Casale, chief executive officer, Cenex Harvest States; Christopher S. “Kit” Bond, United States Senator, Missouri; and Nancy Pellett, former chairman and CEO, Farm Credit Administration.
About Kip Tom
A life- long resident of Kosciusko County, Tom grew up on his family’s farm in the community his ancestors homesteaded in 1837. As one of Indiana’s larger grain commodity production businesses, Tom Farms has become a leader in agriculture and seed corn production, operating across seven counties in Indiana. Kip led the growth of Tom Farms and created jobs in northeast Indiana with hard work and by employing sound business principles and new technologies.
Since 2005, Tom has worked to bring good-paying jobs to Indiana as a member of the board of directors of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels and serving under both Daniels and Gov. Mike Pence, Tom has been a leader in Indiana’s economic growth efforts that have broken records for job creation and attraction nearly every year.