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Nominations for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer awards program are open. Any person or organization may nominate individual candidates from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or West Virginia.

John Vogel, Editor, American Agriculturist

December 29, 2016

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Nominations for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer awards program are open.

A farmer known for being a superb producer, a progressive business person, an excellent land steward and a proven servant-leader is of Master Farmer caliber. Candidates must be from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or West Virginia. Farm size is not a criteria. While farm couples or partners may be nominated, farm businesses do not qualify since this award honors outstanding individuals.

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The Master Farmer award is co-sponsored by American Agriculturist and Cooperative Extension in the above-noted states. Since 1927, 669 men and women from the five Mid-Atlantic states have received this award. From their ranks have come numerous state and national ag leaders and state agricultural secretaries.

Nominations for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer awards program are open. Any person or organization may nominate individual candidates from the above states. Just send their name(s), mailing addresses and phone numbers to: Master Farmer Program, 5227 Baltimore Pike, Littlestown, PA 17340. Or fax that information to 717-359-0250. Or email those details to [email protected].

Make sure addresses are complete and phone numbers are current. Applications will be mailed or emailed to the candidates. Deadline for nominations is March 1, 2017. The sooner you nominate them the better since candidates will need to return completed applications by late March. Judging will be done soon thereafter. For more information, call (717) 359-0150 or email [email protected].

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About the Author(s)

John Vogel

Editor, American Agriculturist

For more than 38 years, John Vogel has been a Farm Progress editor writing for farmers from the Dakota prairies to the Eastern shores. Since 1985, he's been the editor of American Agriculturist – successor of three other Northeast magazines.

Raised on a grain and beef farm, he double-majored in Animal Science and Ag Journalism at Iowa State. His passion for helping farmers and farm management skills led to his family farm's first 209-bushel corn yield average in 1989.

John's personal and professional missions are an integral part of American Agriculturist's mission: To anticipate and explore tomorrow's farming needs and encourage positive change to keep family, profit and pride in farming.

John co-founded Pennsylvania Farm Link, a non-profit dedicated to helping young farmers start farming. It was responsible for creating three innovative state-supported low-interest loan programs and two "Farms for the Future" conferences.

His publications have received countless awards, including the 2000 Folio "Gold Award" for editorial excellence, the 2001 and 2008 National Association of Ag Journalists' Mackiewicz Award, several American Agricultural Editors' "Oscars" plus many ag media awards from the New York State Agricultural Society.

Vogel is a three-time winner of the Northeast Farm Communicators' Farm Communicator of the Year award. He's a National 4-H Foundation Distinguished Alumni and an honorary member of Alpha Zeta, and board member of Christian Farmers Outreach.

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