COVID-19 may have thwarted plans to recognize both the 2020 Master Farmers and the 2021 Master Farmers, normally honored with an awards ceremony held in March each year, but Prairie Farmer staff have a new plan to recognize both classes: an all-new awards program during the 2021 Farm Progress Show.
At 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 2, Prairie Farmer and Farm Progress will hold a combined 2020-21 Master Farmer program, live on stage in the Hospitality Building. The five 2020 Master Farmers will be recognized, and the 2021 Master Farmers will be introduced. Max Armstrong will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.
“We’ve joked that we’ve had plans A, B, C and D for this event — and now we’re up to Plan E,” says Prairie Farmer editor Holly Spangler. “But most of all, we’re just grateful for the chance to finally recognize some exceptional farmers, and to gather back in person as an agricultural community.”
Spangler says they’ll announce the 2021 Master Farmers on PrairieFarmer.com on the morning of Sept. 2, and the September issue of the magazine will carry their stories.
All past Master Farmers are invited to attend, as well as the entire Illinois agriculture community. Light refreshments will be available, and no tickets are required for the event itself.
The Farm Progress Show will be held in Decatur, Ill., Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.