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Send us your entries for the 2024 Prairie Farmer Favorite Farm Dog Contest.

Betty Haynes

February 15, 2024

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 A long-haired miniature dachshund dog sitting in the cabin of a tractor
KODA: Koda, a 7.5-pound mini dachshund from Alexis, Ill., was the winner of the 2023 Prairie Farmer Favorite Farm Dog Contest. Betty Haynes

At Prairie Farmer, we love visiting farms and farmers across the state. Often, behind many farmers is a loyal and furry four-legged companion, greeting us with a smile and wagging tail. To recognize the special role that “man’s best friend” plays on the farm, we created the Prairie Farmer Favorite Farm Dog Contest.

The contest began in 2000 and has continued to celebrate winning dogs ever since — like Koda in 2023, Bahia in 2022, Ace in 2021 and Bailey in 2020. So, for 2024, send us your farm dogs!

Entries for the 2024 Prairie Farmer Favorite Farm Dog Contest are now open. To enter, send the following to [email protected]:

  • the best photo of your farm dog

  • 150 words or less about your faithful companion

  • your name, address and phone number

  • your dog’s name, age and breed

Owners of the winning dog will receive:

  • a photo shoot with Prairie Farmer of their dog on the farm in action

  • a feature story in the May digital issue of Prairie Farmer

  • a 16-by-20-inch Modern Metals wall art of their favorite farm dog photo

  • a cash prize: $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place

Winners will be selected through a combination of online voting and staff selection, based on the dog’s utility, companionship, work ethic and value as a family member. Entries will close March 22 at 11:59 p.m.

About the Author(s)

Betty Haynes

Betty Haynes is the associate editor of Prairie Farmer. She grew up on a Menard County, Ill., farm and graduated from the University of Missouri. Most recently, Betty worked for the Illinois Beef Association, entirely managing and editing its publication.

She and her husband, Dan, raise corn, soybeans and cattle with her family near Oakford , Ill., and are parents to Clare.

Betty won the 2023 Andy Markwart Horizon Award, 2022 Emerging Writer, and received Master Writer designation from the Ag Communicators Network. She was also selected as a 2023 Young Leader by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists.

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