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Slideshow: Here’s a look at the Master Farmer awards program held on Sept. 2 at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill.

Sierra Day

September 14, 2021

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The 2021 Farm Progress Show concluded on Sept. 2 with an awards program recognizing the 2020 and 2021 Prairie Farmer Master Farmers.  

The 2020 Master Farmers awards program was canceled due to the pandemic. Therefore, a combined 2020 and 2021 awards program emceed by farm broadcaster Max Armstrong was held during the Farm Progress Show. Past Master Farmers, friends, family, show exhibitors and show attendees crowded the Hospitality Building to recognize seven exceptional farmers.

After the awards reception, light refreshments were provided and participants were able to congratulate the Master Farmers, catch up and make new connections.

For more details on the 2020 and 2021 Master Farmers or to nominate a 2022 Master Farmer, visit Take a look at some moments captured during the Master Farmer awards program.

About the Author(s)

Sierra Day

Field editor, Farm Progress

A 10th-generation agriculturist, Sierra Day grew up alongside the Angus cattle, corn and soybeans on her family’s operation in Cerro Gordo, Ill. Although she spent an equal amount in farm machinery as she did in the cattle barn as a child, Day developed a bigger passion for the cattle side of the things.

An active member of organizations such as 4-H, FFA and the National Junior Angus Association, she was able to show Angus cattle on the local, state and national levels while participating in contests and leadership opportunities that were presented through these programs.

As Day got older, she began to understand the importance of transitioning from a member to a mentor for other youth in the industry. Thus, her professional and career focus is centered around educating agriculture producers and youth to aid in prospering the agriculture industry.

In 2018, she received her associate degree from Lake Land College, where her time was spent as an active member in clubs such as Ag Transfer club and PAS. A December 2020 graduate of Kansas State University in Animal Sciences & Industry and Agricultural Communications & Journalism, Day was active in Block & Bridle and Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow, while also serving as a communications student worker in the animal science department.

Day currently resides back home where she owns and operates Day Cattle Farm with her younger brother, Chayton. The duo strives to raise functional cattle that are show ring quality and a solid foundation for building anyone’s herd.

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