The Andy Markwart Horizon Award, presented by the AAEA Professional Improvement Foundation (PIF), is an annual award given to an AAEA member who embodies the youthful vigor, energy, passion, dedication and creativity shown by Andy in his volunteer work for AAEA for many years. Andy, editor of The Furrow, died in 2006 from heart problems.


Award Criteria
The Andy Markwart Horizon Award winner must meet the following criteria and provide the following application materials.

  • Open to any AAEA member age 35 and younger.
  • References. Two professional references (one from current employer).
  • Essay: 500 words or fewer that describe your interest in receiving the stipend and why you believe you are deserving, your professional goals, etc.
  • Resume

You may nominate an AAEA member or apply for yourself. Nominations are not required.

Each year, the award’s winner receives a $2,500 stipend, which can be used for attending the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) annual Congress, the Agricultural Media Summit or other professional development class, seminar or workshop.

The Andy Markwart Horizon Award is being funded with a $25,000 grant over five years by John Deere (Andy’s employer for many years prior to his death) and matching funds to be raised by PIF.

Click here to read testimonials from past Andy Markwart Horizon Award Winners. 

Congratulations to Katie Knapp, 2020 Andy Markwart Recipient Winner!

Katie Knapp brings her enthusiasm and talents to tackle any and all challenges clients put in front of her. Her creative and photo talents were especially well received.  In short, she is the kind of young alumni that emulates what Andy stood for … a talented, courageous, hard-working professional … respected in her field, and always seeking to learn more.