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Submit nominations for Michigan Master Farmer award

The award honors those who farm effectively, efficiently, environmentally and economically.

Jennifer Kiel

October 13, 2020

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The 2020 Michigan Master Farmer award winners were Kevin Winkel (left) of Hartford and Clark Gerstacker of Midland.
MASTER FARMERS: The 2020 Michigan Master Farmer award winners were Kevin Winkel (left) of Hartford and Clark Gerstacker of Midland. The award acknowledges a lifetime of achievement rather than a single year. Jennifer Kiel

Do you know a farmer who consistently demonstrates outstanding farm management, innovation, conservation and leadership?

For many years, Michigan Farmer has bestowed the prestigious Master Farmer award on individuals who have demonstrated how to farm more effectively, efficiently, environmentally and economically.

Because the efforts of farmers often go unnoticed, the Michigan Master Farmer award is a sincere effort to honor top Michigan farmers who have generously devoted their time and energy to building stronger communities and better agriculture.

Master Farmers are awarded plaques from Michigan Farmer magazine and a Carhartt jacket, donated by Carhartt. Videos are developed by Nicole Heslip and Shannon Yokley of Brownfield Ag News to help tell their stories. They also receive a $1,000 check, made pos­sible by sponsors Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Greenstone Farm Credit Services and Wilbur-Ellis.

The awards are normally presented at the end of January at the Great Lakes Crop Summit in Mount Pleasant. However, because of COVID-19, that event has been canceled, and the awards will be presented at a future time. The winners will be featured in the February issue of Michigan Farmer. Nominations are due Nov. 15.

Supporting letters for the nominees from a pastor, county Extension agent, banker or other agricultural or civic leaders will strengthen the nomination. These letters will be forwarded to the judges for viewing.

Send completed nomination form and supporting letters to [email protected], or mail them to Jennifer Kiel, 710 W. Park St., St. Johns, MI 48879.

About the Author(s)

Jennifer Kiel

Editor, Michigan Farmer

While Jennifer is not a farmer and did not grow up on a farm, "I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone with more appreciation for the people who grow our food and fiber, live the lifestyles and practice the morals that bind many farm families," she says.

Before taking over as editor of Michigan Farmer in 2003, she served three years as the manager of communications and development for the American Farmland Trust Central Great Lakes Regional Office in Michigan and as director of communications with Michigan Agri-Business Association. Previously, she was the communications manager at Michigan Farm Bureau's state headquarters. She also lists 10 years of experience at six different daily and weekly Michigan newspapers on her impressive resume.

Jennifer lives in St. Johns with her two daughters, Elizabeth, 19, and Emily 16.

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