Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Outstanding young farmer award

The National Association of County Agriculture Agents allows county agents to nominate for a state outstanding young farmer award. I have nominated a few and they did not win national but they made NM proud. If you know a young farmer or rancher get their name to your county agent so we can nominate them. Some counties may have a Young Farmers Committee through Farm Bureau or the Ag Ed Department of their school system. These associations may be able to help you identify possible candidates. We all work with outstanding farmers so finding suitable nominations shouldn't be a problem. Please forward this to your state membership. There are several eligibility guidelines that must be met by the farmer. Some of which include being between the ages of 21 and 40, and not becoming 41 prior to January 1, 2017 and deriving a minimum of 2/3 of their income from farming. The Nominating Application is due by August 1, 2016. The applicant must be nominated by an OFA member, NACAA (County Ag Agent), US Jaycee member or others. The application cannot be hand written. You can download the application online by going to http://ofafraternity.org/id13.html. I have attached the Official Rules for the National Outstanding Young Farmers Award Program. This will explain everything you need to know when trying to select nominees. I have also attached a flyer for you to give to these young farmers when you approach them about the award program. Feel free to call or email me with any questions you may have. I will be in touch soon.

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