The Golden Owl Award® recognizes outstanding agricultural educators in several states, including Iowa.

Nominate your favorite agricultural educator

Presented by Nationwide® and the Iowa FFA Foundation, the Golden Owl Award recognizes agricultural educators across Iowa for their tremendous contributions to helping the next generation of agricultural leaders. Students, fellow teachers and other supporters can nominate their favorite agricultural teacher and summarize what makes him or her the best in the state.

Nominees have an opportunity to win great cash prizes and the title of Iowa Agricultural Educator of the Year. Prizes include:

  • $500 and an engraved plaque to each of the seven honorees
  • $3,000 and the coveted Golden Owl Award trophy to the grand prize winner (Iowa Agricultural Educator of the Year)

In conjunction with the Golden Owl Award, Nationwide is donating $5,000 to the Iowa FFA Foundation to further support the personal and professional growth of students, teachers and advisors alike.

Nominate an outstanding agricultural educator August 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Here's a look at Iowa's Golden Owl Award winners and honorees.

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Iowa's honorees

Dr. Michael Retallick Dr. Michael Retallick
Agricultural Education and Studies Department Chair
Postsecondary District
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
Wyatt Forsyth Wyatt Forsyth
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
NE District
Wapsie Valley High School
Fairbank, Iowa
Elisa Russ-Poggemiller Elisa Russ-Poggemiller
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
NC District
Clear Lake High School
Clear Lake, Iowa
Kylie Nettinga Kylie Nettinga
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
NW District
Western Christian High School
Hull, Iowa
Marcia Kilgard Marcia Kilgard
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
SE District
Iowa Valley High School
Marengo, Iowa
Monty Collins Monty Collins
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
SC District
Pleasantville High School
Pleasantville, Iowa
Brittany Elmquist Brittany Elmquist
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
SW District
Audubon High School
Audubon, Iowa
For more information, see our award rules.

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