Scott Emanuelli with his award at the Western Seed Association convention.

Scott Emanuelli with his award at the Western Seed Association convention.

BRAWLEY — Scott Emanuelli recently won the Kurt Austermann Young Seedsman of the Year award at the Western Seed Association convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

Emanuelli has served as the CEO and CFO with Top Notch Seed in Brawley since its founding in 2007. The company specializes in production, conditioning, and marketing of forage seed from both the Imperial Valley and internationally. He is active with several county, state, and national industry groups and associations.

Emanuelli met the criteria set forth by the association by being under 40, involved in the seed industry, willingness to help and work with others in the seed business, and an enthusiasm for the industry.

Along with his father and two brothers he integrates proven methods and techniques passed down from his great-grandfather along with current seed innovations used by colleagues and young farmers to create, grow, and provide the highest quality product.

According to his application, he is involved in the Western Seed Association and actively researching ways to better the alfalfa seed program locally and internationally. He works alongside growers to help merge the gap between producers and growers to generate a quality product.

Scott Emanuelli helps others on a regular basis, often seen alongside growers in their fields helping establish high quality crops and creating lifelong business relationships.

According to the application, he has worked diligently in conjunction with other Imperial Valley Ag businessmen and women to create a GMO-free production area for alfalfa hay and seed. He spends countless hours making sure things are done correctly to give U.S. produced seed a great reputation.

Emanuelli said he has attended the Western Seed Association each year since 2008 apart from when he would have missed the birth of his son. He is also a member of the PSA, SSA, Oregon Seed Trade, and CSA. He is past president of the CSA.

The young man — a fourth generation farmer — felt the call of the farm life and left a lucrative job working with a turn-around specialist in Orange County to come and take the reins at Top Notch Seed in 2007, when his father purchased the company. At the time of purchase the company was in distress and close to bankruptcy. Scott accepted the challenge with enthusiasm and never turned back. Because of the strong integrity he has for the industry, he has turned Top Notch into one of the leaders in the seed industry, according to his application.

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