It's that time of year when you reflect on the year that's wrapping up and all you are thankful for. And as you do there will probably be certain names that come to mind – people you look up to. Maybe they have served to mentors to you as you grew your farming operation. Maybe they are neighbors. It could even be a relative. Whoever it is, why not nominate them to be a Master Farmer in 2017?
The Indiana Master Farmer program is co-sponsored by Indiana Prairie Farmer and the Purdue University College of Agriculture. The actual awards are presented at the evening program of the Indiana Farm Management Tour, held in late June.
Here's the catch: Nominations must be postmarked by February 15, 2017. They must be mailed to Indiana Prairie Farmer, P.O. Box 347, Franklin, IN 46131. You can also get more information by emailing: email@example.com, or just by calling 317-431-8766.
There's also another catch. Only you or someone like you can nominate someone for the award. It cannot come from the Indiana Prairie Farmer staff. You are encouraged to ask six persons who know the candidate and his or her family to write letters of support, but one person should be in charge of filling out the nomination form and making sure it arrives on time.
2016 Master Farmers, left to right: Tom and Karen McKinney, Kempton; Nan and John Nidlinger, Decatur; Darci and Don Zolman, Pierceton; Bret Marsh, Indianapolis (honorary) and Dan Gwin, Linden.
Last year's program netted a great class of Master Farmers, as is the case every year. Who will it be this year? It's certainly not too early for you to consider someone and decide you will take the time to make sure they are nominated for well-earned recognition.
Download the application: Look for the orange button at the bottom of the page to download your application.
We will be looking for an application form from you for someone who you feel is truly a Master Farmer!
Master Farmers Who Have Already Earned The Award
We often get asked who has won the award. Here's a list since 1968. Those who are deceased are marked with an asterisk. If you know someone on the list who is deceased and not marked, please let us know at 317-431-8766 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1968: Mark Anson, Guy Beerbower*, George Corya, Richard Craig, Ernest Miller*, William Nash*, Kenneth Perkins*, James Scherschel, Gerald Tarnow, Philip Warner*
1969: Ellsworth Biesecker, Walter Carter*, Robert Gross, Robert Harper*, Glen Lightfoot, Byron Nixon, Jr., Robert Williams
1970: Norman Becher, William Cable*, Paul Canary*, Orville Chamberlain, Virgil Gerhardt*, Carl Johanningsmeier, John McCormick*
1971: Lloyd Clayton*, Morris Hoar, Erland Rothenberger*, William Rothenberger*, James Shilling, Richard Ward*
1972: Francis Beck*, Sherman Kessler*, Henry Nieman, Russell Norris*, Dwight Smoker*
1973: Kenneth T. Caldwell, H. Roland Moesner*, Carroll L. Thompson*, Paul G. Thurston*, Samuel H. Washburn
1974: Roy Elliott, Cecil Madill*, Lincoln Priebe*, John Rodibaugh, Gilman Stewart,*, John Stewart
1975: Max Foster*, Donald Green, Marvin Mann*, Victor Sprong, Ellis McFadden
1976: John Keithley, Ralph Kennedy, Gilbert H. Schmidt*, David C. Salomon, Cecil P. Westerhouse*
1977: Marjorie Colglazier*, Kenneth Culp, Robert Morgan, Harold L. Myers, Maurice B. Woodward
1978: William Congleton, Frank C. Forster*, John V. Maloney*, George w. Pickering*, Jerry D. Roberts
1979: Lawrence (Sonny) Beck, Donald W. Brown*, Roger F. Doerstler*, Thomas E. Howell*, Jack W. Torr*
1980: Lloyd A. Arthur*, Charles A. Kirlin, O. William Mann*, Thomas E. Murray, Raymond E. Musselman*
1981: O.T. (Ted) Blank, Gary Clark, Arthur Colbert*, Burch R. Harlan, Ralph E. Mautz
1982: Beryl (Jake) Grimme, Sylvan W. Ice, Robert G. Persinger, Dale Smith, Donald H. Strietelmeier
1983: William Howard Adler*, Phil Boring, Tom Simons, Bill Smiley, Howard E. Springer
1984: Pete Clark, John Hardin, Jr., Jim Martin*, Philip A. Maxwell*, Harold Wilson*
1985: Herman Bullard*, C. Ray Lamb, Warren Harlan*, Richard L. Welty, Don Villwock
1986: Fred O. Mann, Joe Rund, Robert Stickles, Charles F. Walker
1987: Leroy Brammer, William T. Crane*, Robert Foltz, Bill and Kaye Whitehead
1988: Harry T. Armstrong*, Robert Ward Johnson*, Carl Martin, Larry J. Pumphrey
1989: Homer C. McDonald, Steve Sickafoose, Wayne Townsend, J. Olen Yoder
1990: Tom Boyd, Merrill Kelsay, James Moseley, William Pickart
1991: Dave and Ron Johnson, Paul Keffaber*, Wally Linneweber, Larry Stoy
1992: Raymond Becher, Alan Kemper, Howard Unger, Fred and Linda Wise
1993: Gene Brune, Wayne McCutchan, James Pettigrew, Jerry Rulon
1994: Scott Fritz, Don Jones*, George Likens, Herbert Likens, Bob Mills
1995: James Reed, Donald Rettinger, Herman Rettinger, Roland Seller, Brad Starr
1996: Paul Brocksmith*, Donald Gurtner, Kenneth Phares, James Smoker
1997: William W. Erwin, George W. Krom III, Donald E. Morehouse, Thomas Roney
1998: James Bell, Greg Graham, Hubert McGaughey, Joe Vieck
1999: Dayton Merrell, Myron Moyer, John A. Norton, Paul D. Smith
2000: L. David Allyn, Joe Huber*, David A, Minich, Joseph M. Russell
2001: Dennis Carnahan, Kendall Culp, Lynn Stockwell, Norman Voyles, Sr.
2002: Kenneth L. Ames, Mike Beard, Dave Buck (Milroy)*, Dave Forgey
2003: David A. Buck (Lafayette)*, Bruce Moody, Richard (Dick) Nash, David Williamson
2004: Mike Brocksmith, Wilber Hoeing, Bert Holsapple*, Clark Sennett
2005: Roger Hadley II, Robert Mann, Joe Peden, Ed Yanos
2006: Jim Culp, Mark Legan, Gary Reding, Mark Townsend
2007: Scott Beck, Bruce Buchanan, Jim Douglas, Davids Miers
2008: Robert Bishop, Thomas Johnson, Jim Lankford, Rory Walker
2009: Rodney Hager, Chris Mann, Maurice Robeson, R. Duane Wolheter
2010: Keith Berry, David and Mary Howell, Ray McCormick, Mike Shuter
2011: Jim Day, Bill Schroeder (Knox County), Loran Wilson, John Zupancic
2012: Keith Ames, Kim Ames, Kerry Ames, Ed Carmichael, Gene Schmidt, Bill Schroeder (White County)
2013: Kevin Cox, David Ring, Ken and Jane Rulon, Del and Tammi Unger
2014: Jack and Rita Maloney, Carl and Diane Schmitz, David and Danita Rodibaugh, Mike and Karen Starkey
2015: Mike Flock, Mike and Jan Heckaman, Terry and Susan Hayhurst, Richard and Carol Kohlhagen
2016: Dan Gwin; Tom and Karen McKinney; John and Nan Nidlinger; Don and Darci Zolman.
Honorary Master Farmers: Hobe Jones, Mauri Williamson, Howard Doster, Max Armstrong, David Petritz, Tom Turpin, Bruce McKenzie, Tom Bauman, Wayne Dillman, Fred Whitford, Bill Field, Chris Hurt, Bret Marsh
Download the application: Use the orange button below to download the application. Due by Feb. 15.