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Golden Owl Award names six ag teachers as finalists

Issue Date: March 10, 2021

Six high school teachers from California have been selected as finalists for the 2020-21 Golden Owl Award, presented to an outstanding agricultural instructor.

Nationwide presents the award in partnership with the California Farm Bureau and California FFA. In announcing the finalists, Nationwide said it had collected more than 280 nominations from students, fellow teachers, parents and community members from August to December of last year.

The California Golden Owl Award finalists are:

  • Tim Brown of Tulelake High School.
  • Brenda Davis-Landini of El Capitan High School in Lakeside.
  • Luis Guerra of Santa Maria High School.
  • Sandy Lovfald of Eureka High School.
  • Julie Luxon of Madera South High School.
  • Carrie Phillips of Bret Harte High School in Altaville.

Each finalist will receive an individualized plaque and $500 to help fund future educational efforts, and will be entered into a final selection stage for the chance to be named California Ag Educator of the Year.

In addition to the Ag Educator of the Year designation, the grand-prize winner will receive a $3,000 Nationwide-funded check to help bring new educational opportunities to the program, plus the Golden Owl Award trophy.

Nationwide Agribusiness President Brad Liggett said agricultural teachers play an essential and selfless role in the communities they serve. As they prepare future generations for successful careers, many also devote countless hours and often their own resources to make a difference, he said.

"Similar to Nationwide's mission of delivering extraordinary care, teachers across the country go above and beyond to bring new educational opportunities for their students and help them pursue their passions," Liggett said. "We created the Golden Owl Award to honor the contributions of teachers, highlight the growing need for their services, and supply additional resources to help boost their programs and provide students with optimal learning experiences."

Nationwide offers the Golden Owl Award to instructors in seven states: California plus Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania. The company also invests $5,000 in each participating state's FFA organization, including the California FFA, to further support aspiring agriculture professionals.

To learn more about the Golden Owl Award, see

Nationwide, the No. 1 insurer of farms and ranches in the U.S.*, is a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, and one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States. For more information, visit

*Source: A.M. Best Market Share Report 2019

Permission for use is granted, however, credit must be made to the California Farm Bureau Federation when reprinting this item.

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