Allendale has not posted a sign denoting an internationally recognized resident, but the Wabash County community could.
Mike Wilson, a crop advisor with Wabash Valley Service Co., recently was notified that he will receive the International Certified Crop Adviser Award during the international meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of American, and the Soil Science Society of America.
In December at the Illinois Farm Bureau annual meeting, Wilson was presented the Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Award and nominated for the international award. Both awards are well deserved, according to two local farmers.
Wilson “has a lot of common sense and he is good with people,” said Daniel Harms, a Bone Gap farmer.
Wilson “wants to better agriculture. With FS, he gives non-biased advice. I trust his judgment very much,” added Tom Marks, a West Salem farmer who recommended Wilson for the awards.
“He doesn’t mind giving up his time to be an Agriculture in the Classroom board member and give his ideas -- not for his own glory. He wants to help others, especially kids, do well,” Marks continued.
Wilson is well known for his volunteer efforts in Wabash and Edwards counties, said Rebecca Perry, Edwards County Farm Bureau manager. The county Farm Bureau had nominated Wilson for the state award.
“When it comes to helping kids and supporting agriculture, Mike is one of the best I’ve ever met. He encourages his employees to be involved in community service and Farm Bureau,” Perry said.
Wilson advises farmers in a 10-county area in Southern Illinois and has 32 years of crop advising experience, 17 years as a certified crop adviser. He has been a driving force behind the incorporation of technology and nutrient management.
“Mike is a great example of what I hope our people represent -- do what is best for our patrons,” said Todd Neibel, Wabash Valley Service Co. general manager. He praised Wilson’s efforts to learn new technology and consider new ways to help farmers be more profitable.