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Source: O+B | P news release

ST. LOUIS, Missouri -- O+B | P-- a full-service agency serving the agriculture and rural industry for more than three decades-- announces its first annual Rural Spirit Awards. The awards will honor three individuals who are cultivating economic development, innovation and volunteerism in rural communities across the U.S.

"Since our founding, O+B | P has been committed to championing America's rural spirit and investing in agricultural communities," said Rhonda Ries, president of O+B | P. "The Rural Spirit Awards are an extension of this commitment and an opportunity for us and others in Rural America to give back to those individuals who build, serve and inspire our rural communities."

Three total award winners will be chosen across three categories: economic development, community service and next gen. Nominations for winners will be accepted through October 31, 2018 and can be made by the public at ruralspiritawards.com.

"Anyone can nominate an individual or business who supports rural economic development, volunteers in these communities or encourages the next generation's thinking," said Ries. "The Rural Spirit Awards are really among the first of their kind and honor one of Rural America's greatest traits--its passion to help."

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. Additionally, winners will have the opportunity to win a chance for O+B | P to distribute their story across various digital and traditional media platforms. All winners will be announced and recognized during an awards celebration at O+B | P's St. Louis home office in December 2018.

For more information, visit ruralspiritawards.com.