June 24, 2014

Jake and Amy Cunningham of Yuma are the recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Agriculture Business Management Award presented by Northeastern Junior College. They were honored during the annual agriculture banquet held on campus this spring.

Cunninghams have been students in the Agriculture Business Management (ABM) program at Northeastern for three years. The college offers comprehensive training to producers with instruction being delivered to them at their home operation for teachers assigned to specific geographical areas. Students can choose to complete up to nine certifications in various areas such as records and business planning, financial analysis, commodity marketing, marketing and risk management, and ag business, including some specific integrated management disciplines. The Cunninghams are working on completing their third Agriculture Business Management certificate.

The couple, along with their two sons, Trever and Drew, raise wheat and have a custom spraying business. In their ABM training, they have mastered QuickBooks and have successfully built their accounts receivable and spray records, developing a complete reporting system for their accountant and their customers. There are a number of rules and regulations that go with a custom spraying business including specific government reports, not to mention payroll taxes, and the classes they have taken through Northeastern have helped them in these areas.

Kala Doane, who lives in the Anton area and is the ABM instructor for the Cunninghams,  praised  them for the cooperation they have demonstrated in all areas. “They work with family on both sides,” she said. “And I really admire the mutual respect they demonstrate and the creative cooperation they strive to attain,”

The Cunninghams received an engraved plaque in recognition of this 2014 award. The theme of this year’s award banquet was Hats and Horses in honor of the spring horse racing season.