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The 2020 and 2021 Prairie Farmer Master Farmers will be recognized today, Sept. 2, at 1:30 p.m. during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill.

Sierra Day, Field editor

September 2, 2021

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2020 and 2021 Prairie Farmer Master Farmers
CONGRATULATIONS: Today at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill., the 2021 Master Farmers (right) will be recognized as well as the 2020 Master Farmers (left), who were unable to be awarded publicly due to the pandemic. Holly Spangler

Coming to the Farm Progress Show today? Swing by the Hospitality Building at 1:30 p.m. to meet the newly announced 2021 Master Farmers and the 2020 Master Farmers, who were unable to be recognized last year due to the pandemic. 

“After COVID-19 altered plans for the 2020 Master Farmer awards luncheon, we are eager to publicly recognize both the 2020 and 2021 Master Farmers,” says Prairie Farmer editor Holly Spangler “It’s been a long couple years in the ag community, and we’re all looking to reconnect with each other and award some exceptional farmers.”

Max Armstrong will emcee the event awarding both groups of Illinois farmers, sharing videos of each farmer’s farm and family.

No tickets are required for the event, and anyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will also be available at the awards program.

The 2020 Master Farmers include:

The 2021 Master Farmer award winners are:

To learn more about the 2020 and 2021 Master Farmers visit

Know of a farmer deserving of the Master Farmer title? Applications are available online for 2022 Master Farmers. Nominations are due Sept. 24. For more information about the nomination process, contact [email protected].

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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