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Nominations sought for outstanding young farmersNominations sought for outstanding young farmers

The award program recognizes progressive agricultural practices and conservation by producers ages 21 to 40.

Mindy Ward

July 30, 2019

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FORWARD THINKING: Young farmers are facing tough times in the agriculture economy. Still, many are moving their operation forward through technology. Gligatron/Getty Images

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.

Related: A look at the 2019 winners

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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