Hannah Borg Syngenta winner

Wakefield, Nebraska native Hannah Borg is the 2020 winner of Syngenta's #RootedinAg Contest for her entry, which honored her grandmother Lois, as the matriarch of the Borg farming family. 

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Hannah Borg, 22, of Wakefield, Nebraska, is the 2020 Syngenta #RootedinAg Contest grand prize winner.

Borg is the seventh #RootedinAg Contest winner. She was chosen from a hearty pool of applicants and two other strong finalists with her testimony that moved both online voters and a panel of judges.

The number of submissions this year was one of the largest – and one of the most difficult to rank, said Pam Caraway, Syngenta marketing communications lead.

"Thank you to everybody who took the time to share their story. Each submission was a delight to read or watch. Each story gives us confidence in the future of agriculture, thanks to those who take the time to teach us," Caraway said.

This annual competition from Syngenta invites growers and other ag industry professionals across the nation to describe the person who most nourished their agricultural roots for their submission entry.

In a heartwarming video entry, Borg pays tribute to the matriarch of their sixth-generation family farm — her 86-year-old grandmother, Lois Borg.

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Hannah Borg poses with her grandmother, Lois Borg, whom she featured in her video entry for the #RootedinAg Syngenta contest.

"Grandma is the perfect mix of grace and grit," Borg said. "I've always admired how she lives her life and her role in our family. She always knows what's happening on the farm and never turns down the opportunity to ride along on any kind of trip. She has passed down many stories to me and inspires me every day."

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The inspiration for her granddaughter’s life in agriculture, Lois Borg is still active on her family’s farm today.

As the grand prizewinner, she receives $500, a professional photoshoot with her mentor and a $1,000 donation to her favorite local civic organization: the Wakefield Heritage Organization, a group in her community dedicated to preserving and maintaining the local history of her hometown.

"I chose this organization because preserving our community's heritage is important to me as the next generation to carry it on," Borg said.

In addition to being part of her family farm, Borg has worked for the Rural Radio Network/ 880 KRVN as a part-time farm broadcaster; a communications intern for FarmHer in Des Moines, Iowa; and an intern for the National FFA Organization.

"Every year, we have the privilege of hearing the stories of people in the ag community whose peers, mentors and family members have inspired them," Caraway said. "And every year, we learn something new about this community, which has engrained itself within all of us – and become a part of our DNA. Hannah's video about her grandma resonates with everyone who hears her story."

To learn more of Borg's story and the #RootedinAg Contest or to read other ag news stories, go to www.syngentathrive.com. Join the conversation online — connect with Syngenta at Syngenta-us.com/social.