At any time considered of nominating someone you know for Prairie Farmer’s Learn Farmer award? Now’s the time to get cracking with that system!
Possibly it is your mothers and fathers, a sibling, your neighbors, a close friend or a colleague. It’s possible it is another person you’ve served with on a board, or somebody you’ve lengthy seemed up to.
Linked: Meet the 2021 Grasp Farmers
If that considered has ever crossed your head, we’re now accepting applications for the 2022 award — and they are closing soon, on Sept. 24.
The application incorporates a nomination sort and calls for at the very least eight letters of guidance — but no financial facts.
Similar: Meet the Grasp Farmers — at FPS21
There is a bit of an city legend (which, in this scenario, in all probability makes it a rural legend) that Master Farmer nominees have to share their stability sheet. But make no oversight, that form of money information and facts is not needed. The judging panel focuses on advancement of the operation about time, agricultural efficiency and neighborhood involvement.
Who’s suitable? Here’s a seem:
- Candidates should farm in Illinois, deriving the the greater part of their cash flow from agricultural generation.
- Profitable nominees will have confirmed ag generation data, be recognized as leaders in their local community, and will have specified back to the local community in substantive strategies.
- Candidates might be persons, couples or siblings judging is similarly weighted.
- Each and every nominee should be actively engaged in generation agriculture.
The assortment committee will be comprised of Illinois agricultural leaders, including specialists in agronomy and agricultural finance, past Grasp Farmers, agricultural analysis or university authorities, and Prairie Farmer editorial workers.
The hope is to be back to the usual pre-pandemic recognition method in 2022, which signifies winners will be recognized at the Grasp Farmer Awards Luncheon, ideally held in early March. Members of the new class will be declared on PrairieFarmer.com on March 1 and in the March challenge of Prairie Farmer.
As often, Prairie Farmer is grateful to Growmark for its sponsorship of the Grasp Farmer awards application.
Here’s a look at what will make for a prosperous software:
Be extensive. In the sections asking about farm background and expansion, more information is improved than considerably less. Share how the specific(s) obtained began and show how their procedure has progressed. No detailed money information is needed.
Get letters. Check with for at least eight advice letters to support your nomination. These letters give insight to character and track record in the community.
Believe little. Don’t ignore all the issues the nominee does in the area community and point out and nationwide companies. These lists are normally extremely comprehensive! For spouses or sibling nominations, list both individuals’ functions, noting who did what.
Get started early. It’s not a fast procedure to nominate a Grasp Farmer. It is a as soon as-in-a-lifetime award, and the application demonstrates an entire occupation.
Consider properly-rounded. Group involvement is weighted extremely as judges pick out winners, but so way too is a farmer’s ag production skills and perseverance to relatives.
Examine the mirror. You can nominate you. Many farmers do every single year.
This 12 months, Prairie Farmer is recognizing both of those the 2021 and 2020 Learn Farmers at a initial-ever Farm Progress Demonstrate application in Decatur, Sick. If you are on-web site on Sept. 2, prevent by the Hospitality Building at 1:30 p.m. to listen to their tales, congratulate the winners and get pleasure from some handmade ice cream.
The 2022 software is accessible on the web. Down load it, fill it out and mail it in, total with letters of assist, by Sept. 24. Or, e mail [email protected] to have an application sent to you or to get extra info.
Prairie Farmer is grateful to the 2021 panel of judges for sorting through and choosing this year’s Grasp Farmers.
- Karen Corrigan, McGillicuddy Corrigan Agronomics
- Ed McMillan, previous board of trustees, College of Illinois
- Linnea Kooistra, 2011 Master Farmer
- Paul Stoddard, ag economist and farm supervisor, University of Illinois
- Steve Carson, government vice president, Farm Credit rating Illinois
- Holly Spangler, editor, Prairie Farmer