Nominate an '09 Master Farmer 

Nominations are now open for the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer Award. Send candidate names and mailing addresses to the address below. We'll send them an application or you can find downloadable application forms below.

As one of America's oldest and longest running agricultural honors programs, the Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer Award program sprouted in 1927 as part of a Master Farmers of America program to foster stewardship and leadership. At that point, the program was initiated by Pennsylvania Farmer magazine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Today, the award is co-sponsored by American Agriculturist magazine, the successor to Pennsylvania Farmer and Maryland Farmer magazines, and by the Cooperative Extension of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia.

It's the "Academy Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award of Agriculture." Following standards established more than seven decades ago, it recognizes outstanding management, land stewardship and community role models. Agriculture still needs such exemplary people who can inspire others.

Selection process

The year-long process begins with nomination of candidates by individuals and organizations. Nominations usually close by mid-March. Application forms require career financial cameos plus references. Normally, 150 nominations "melt down" to 10 to 15 applications actually submitted and judged.

Applications are due by August 1, with judging in early October. Scores are weighted: 75% farm management/financial progress; 15% ag leadership involvement; and 10% non-ag leadership. Winners are honored at the Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer Awards luncheon in Harrisburg, Pa. in mid-March.

Download the Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer Nomination Form (Word Document)

Download the Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer Nomination Form (PDF)

For more details, contact John Vogel, Editor, American Agriculturist.

E-mail: Phone: (717) 359-0150.

Mail: 5227B Baltimore Pike, Littlestown, PA 17340.

To nominate a candidate, send the person(s) name, complete mailing address.