The lifelong support of the independent seed sector made by a noted industry local was recently recognized. Marcy Burrus, of Burrus Seed, received the inaugural Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA) Lifetime Achievement award at their annual convention, held in Indianapolis.
Marcy Burrus has been a dedicated leader across her life to the seed industry, following her late husband, Tom Burrus, and her son-in-law, Tim Greene, who both served as IPSA President. IPSA CEO Todd Martin presented the award commemorated with an artifact mug. The artisan handcrafted piece tells the story of Marcy Burrus’ life through a series of engravings.
Of the award, Martin said, “For nearly nine decades, Burrus Seed has been a leader of independent companies and the Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA). Marcy Burrus has continued this tradition of commitment through her tireless support of the IPSA Scholarship Program. Her gift ensures a new generation of young scholars will have opportunities to serve farmers in the seed industry. This investment in the future by Marcy honors the past of Burrus and IPSA. It is both an honor and a privilege to present Marcy the IPSA Lifetime Achievement Award.”
The Independent Professional Seed Association was formed in 1989, and today represents nearly 100 seed companies from more than 25 states, Canada and Mexico.
About Burrus Seed: Burrus Seed, founded in 1935, is a family owned, land-based corn, soybean and alfalfa seed company based in Arenzille, Illinois, and supplies growers in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin.