Nominate a Master Farmer

In July’s issue and at, you read about the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Master Farmers.

Now’s the time to nominate 2019 Master Farmer candidates — persons who may have inspired you. It could be a parent, spouse, sibling, neighbor or someone you’ve served with on a board.

The Master Farmer Award has been the Mid-Atlantic’s "gold standard" award of farmer success for more than 80 years. Potential Master Farmers are individuals who are superb farmers, savvy businesspersons, excellent resource stewards and exemplary community servant-leaders.

Farm size is not a criteria.

While farm couples or partners may be nominated, farm family businesses don’t qualify. This award recognizes outstanding individuals.

Nominate candidates from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia — the sooner, the better. We send applications to them, which need to be completed by January.

To nominate a person or persons for this lifetime achievement honor, send their name(s), mailing address and phone number to: Master Farmer Program, P.O. Box 734, Richland, PA  17087. You can also email them to

The Master Farmer Award is co-sponsored by American Agriculturist and Cooperative Extension in the above-mentioned states with generous support from AgChoice Farm Credit, Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit and FS Growmark.

Chris Torres