July 6, 2023
Each year since 1926, Wallaces Farmer has recognized Iowa Master Farmers. With the motto “Good Farming, Clear Thinking, Right Living,” farmers are selected for this prestigious award. Nominations for the 2024 Iowa Master Farmer award are due Sept. 15.
Candidates should have a profitable farming operation, have clear thinking to manage the farm, and take care of their land and farm, while having a strong family and being involved in the community.
Neighbors, friends, family or business colleagues may nominate a Master Farmer candidate, or candidates may nominate themselves. Candidates can be individuals, couples or siblings farming in partnership. Candidates who do not receive the award the year they are nominated are welcome to be resubmitted, or resubmit themselves, in following years. The Iowa Master Farmer Foundation provides judges to select recipients.
Along with the nomination form, you need a minimum of four letters of support, including one from a neighboring farmer. The selection committee comprises Iowa agricultural leaders, including experts in agronomy and agricultural finance, past Master Farmers, agricultural research or university authorities and Wallaces Farmer editorial staff.
Selection of Master Farmer candidates
Here are the criteria for Master Farmer candidates:
Candidates must farm in Iowa, deriving most of their income from agricultural production.
Successful nominees will have proven agricultural production records, be recognized as leaders in their community, and will have given back to the community in substantive ways.
Candidates may be individuals, couples or siblings; judging is equally weighted.
Each nominee should be actively engaged in production agriculture.
The Iowa Master Farmer Association will also be accepting nominations for the Iowa Master Farmer Exceptional Service Award, which can be done through recommendation letters.
The Iowa Master Farmer awards are sponsored by Growmark and honored each year by Wallaces Farmer and the Iowa Master Farmer Association.
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