My Generation

Show Me a Master Farmer

Just nine weeks until Master Farmer nominations are due.

One of the greatest pleasures of my job, year in and year out, is covering our annual Master Farmer awards process. They are the folks who run their operations with the business-savvy of a Fortune 500 CEO, yet make the time to make a difference in their communities and within the agricultural industry. And amidst all that, they’re family folks at heart.


Meeting the winners, photographing their farms and families and spending time understanding what makes them live and farm the way they do is singularly gratifying. And it wouldn’t be going too far to say that some of what I’ve learned from them over the years has changed the way my husband and I look at our operation. At the very least, it makes be darn proud to be in the same business as them.


That said, we can’t have a Master Farmer awards program without a few Master Farmers. That means we need nominations. You can find two versions of the application, both a PDF and a Word doc, here: I’ll warn you, it’s no short application. We’re out to honor the best of the best here and to do so, we need a little information. Rounding up that information and collecting several letters of support takes time, which is why it’s not too soon to start now, in order to meet the September 1 deadline. Sure, September 1 seems like a long way off. But it’s just two months. Nine short weeks.


Think about it. Think about nominating your father, your uncle, your neighbor. Maybe yourself. There’s no rule against that. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a line. We’ll be waiting to hear from you.


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