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Faces of the Master Farmer program

Slideshow: Here’s a look at the Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Awards Luncheon, held March 17 in Springfield, Ill.

The 2022 Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Awards Luncheon occurred in a normal, pre-pandemic fashion on March 17 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Ill.

After the 2020 Master Farmers luncheon was canceled due to the pandemic, a combined 2020 and 2021 awards program was held during the 2021 Farm Progress Show in Decatur. But this year, the awards luncheon went back to normal — past Master Farmers, friends and family gathered in Springfield in March to recognize four exceptional farmers right ahead of planting season.

Lunch was provided, Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Jerry Costello was the keynote speaker, and attendees were able to congratulate the Master Farmers, catch up, and make new connections.

Find more details about the 2022 Master Farmers and how to nominate a 2023 Master Farmer online. Take a look at some moments captured during this year’s awards program.

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