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Fifth generation farming brothers, Art and Doug McIntosh, found themselves humbled and honored in hearing that they were this year's recipients of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Agriculture for Marketing Innovation.
This statewide annual award is presented by the Governor during the Idaho Agriculture Summit in Boise, Idaho. There are five individual categories in which a committee of peers and state leaders nominate and select the worthy beneficiaries. Categories include; Education/Advocacy, Environmental Stewardship, Marketing Innovation, Technical Innovation and Lifetime Achievement.
This year, the McIntosh Brothers were recognized as outstanding in the area of Marketing Innovation. This designation identifies an individual or group that demonstrates excellence and effectiveness of individual programs conducted in an effort to develop or increase sales of Idaho food or agriculture products, internationally or domestically. This may include the development and use of new markets, new marketing methods or new uses for agriculture products and/or services. The McIntoshes were celebrated for their efforts with regard to both their Harvest Ridge Organics, a local premium whole-wheat organics line, as well as their work with Lindsay Creek Vineyards.
Art McIntosh stated, "I have been attending this event for the past 7 years, and I never thought that we would receive anything like this. To be recognized on the same level as those recipients before us, is exceptionally humbling." An equally thrilled, Doug McIntosh noted, "We are so glad to be able to provide local wine, certified organic products and a place for people to gather with family and friends."
For additional information on the McIntosh family history, their wine and/or their sustainable, no-till farming practices, visit their individual business websites.
Lindsay Creek Vineyards - www.lcvineyards.com
Harvest Ridge Organics - www.harvestridgeorganics.com