July 30, 2019
Do you know a young farmer who is advancing their operation, implementing conservation practices and making a difference in their community? If so, draw attention to their efforts by nominating them for the National Outstanding Young Farmers Award.
The National Outstanding Young Farmers Award began honoring farmers in 1955, recognizing their drive to improve agriculture and conservation practices. The program is sponsored by John Deere, administered by the Outstanding Farmers of America, and supported by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents and the U.S. Jaycees.
Farmers from across the U.S. are eligible and may be nominated by anyone. The deadline for entries is Aug. 1.
There are two main qualifications young farmers must meet for consideration:
1. Nominees must be between age 21 and 40, not becoming 41 before Jan. 1 before the National OYF Awards Congress.
2. Nominees must be actual farm operators, deriving a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming.
There can be more than one nomination per state, but during the judging process, the field will be narrowed to not more than two from any state. Winners are determined based on progress in their agricultural career, focus on soil and water conservation, and contributions to society.
Ten finalists will be chosen and travel to the 2020 NOYF Congress, which will be Feb. 6-9 in Westbrook, Conn. The top four farm couples will receive the National Outstanding Young Farmers Award.
Each will receive a savings bond from John Deere and a trip to the 2021 Ag Day celebrations in Washington, D.C.
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