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Now from Nationwide: Eureka High School teacher honored

September/October 2021 California Bountiful magazine

Lovfald selected as California's 'Ag Educator of the Year'

Sandy Lovfald

Agricultural teachers play an essential and selfless role as they work to prepare future generations for successful careers. After recognizing six exceptional California teachers as finalists through the Golden Owl Award, the California FFA, in partnership with Nationwide and the California Farm Bureau, selected Sandy Lovfald, agricultural teacher at Eureka High School, as California's 2020-21 "Ag Educator of the Year."

Lovfald was formally recognized as the Golden Owl Award grand prize winner during the broadcast of the California FFA State Leadership Conference in Sacramento. In addition to the title of California's Ag Educator of the Year, Lovfald received the coveted Golden Owl Award trophy and a $3,000 Nationwide-funded donation to further Eureka High School's agricultural education efforts.

Nominations described Lovfald as hardworking, dedicated and well respected within the agricultural education community. One nomination read, "While in high school, I had no plan to continue my education after high school. I didn't think I was capable. With the support of Mrs. Lovfald, I found a passion for agriculture and understood the importance of pursuing higher education. I went on to graduate from my dream college and I'm now an ag teacher myself! My goal in life is to have as big of an impact on my students as she did on me." Another one stated, "She is the most selfless person I know. If she hears you need somebody to talk to, she'll be listening in a heartbeat. She is so kind to everyone no matter what kind of day she's having. Ms. Lovfald has taught me so many life lessons through agriculture."

As the No. 1 insurer of farms and ranches in the United States*, Nationwide established the Golden Owl Award with its state partners to shed light on the contributions of California's leading agricultural teachers and provide additional resources to support their programs.

"With deep roots in agriculture, Nationwide is proud to recognize the men and women who are making a difference in our communities as they help students pursue their passions," said Brad Liggett, Nationwide's president of Agribusiness. "We're honored to recognize the contributions of teachers, highlight the growing need for their services, and supply additional resources to help provide students with optimal learning experiences."

Nationwide supports the future of the ag community through meaningful sponsorships of national and local organizations. In conjunction with the Golden Owl Award, Nationwide is donating $5,000 to each participating state's FFA, including the California FFA, to further support the personal and professional growth of students, teachers and advisors alike.

The Golden Owl Award is the result of a partnership between Nationwide, the California FFA, California Farm Bureau, Illinois FFA, Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers, Farm Credit Illinois, Indiana FFA, Farm Credit Mid-America, the Iowa FFA Foundation, New York FFA, New York Farm Bureau, Ohio FFA, Ohio Farm Bureau, Pennsylvania FFA, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Compeer Financial.

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