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 Jennifer.Kiel@farmprogress.com, or mail them to Jennifer Kiel, 710 W. Park St., St. Johns, MI 48879.