Keith County News 
Eddie Martens (left) of Ogallala is the proud recipient of the Monsanto Veterans and National Guard Network Outstanding Veteran-Farmer Award. Presenting the award is Rick Deebs (front right), Pro Seed owner. Others present include (back row, l-r): John Skalsky, Dekalb-Asgrow technical agronomist; Jeff Nodlinski, Monsanto seed agronomist; and Brett Theiler, DeKalb-Asgrow direct sales manager.

Martens receives award and donates to 4-H

Grant native Eddie Martens of Ogallala, recently received the Monsanto Veterans and National Guard Network Vanguard Outstanding Veteran-Farmer Award.

Along with a plaque, Martens, who served in the Air Force and National Guard for 20 years, received a $1,000 grant to give to an organization. Martens will split the $1,000 grant and donate $500 each to the Keith County and Perkins County 4-H groups as he has ties with both communities.

The plaque reads, “In gratitude of your patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy.”

In its eighth year, Monsanto’s Veterans and National Guard Network continues to cultivate leaders and maximize veteran talent within Monsanto.

The award is a way to show appreciation to veteran-farmers for everything they do or have done to protect, preserve and feed humanity.  

Veterans and farmers play a vital and integral role in America’s way of life and Monsanto wants to recognize deserving veterans and farmers, who not only volunteered to defend our country, but continue to care for America by being stewards of the land and the backbone of the economy. 

There were 10 winners selected from across the country. 

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