Mission on to Find out Who Has the Most Rural Spirit

Longtime marketing-communications agency Osborn Barr Paramore (OBP), which has served the agriculture and rural industry for more than three decades, is accepting nominations for its second annual Rural Spirit Awards. The ag sector awards will honor three individuals who are cultivating economic development, innovation, and volunteerism in rural communities across the U.S.


The winners will be chosen across three categories:

1. The Rural Advocacy Award category celebrates an individual who proudly embodies the heart of rural America. Any potential Rural Advocacy Award recipient should be an integral part of their community – working hard to spur economic development, create jobs and advocate for growth.

2. The Community Service Award category honors an individual who exhibits the rural spirit through exceptional service in the name of community growth. Any potential Community Service Award recipient should demonstrate a willingness to go above and beyond – selflessly donating their time and support in an effort to positively influence their local community.

3. The Next Gen Award category recognizes an individual from an up-and-coming generation (21 years of age or under). Any potential Next Gen Award recipient should demonstrate uncommon leadership through community service efforts or innovative thinking throughout their rural community.

According to OBP, Rural Spirit Award winners will receive $2,000 each to donate to a non-profit organization of their choice –– with donations made in the winners’ names. All winners will be announced and recognized during an awards celebration at OBP’s St. Louis headquarters in November.

Nominations can be submitted at RuralSpiritAwards.com.