Nominations are being accepted through March 16th for Farm Families of the Year for both Meeker and McLeod Counties. Nomination forms are available from the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

The Farm Family Recognition Program has existed for over 30 years and honors farm families from throughout Minnesota for their contributions to the agriculture industry and their local communities. The program exists through the continued support of and coordination by University of Minnesota Extension, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and Farmfest.

Each year, a family from McLeod County and another from Meeker County are recognized as farm families of the year.  To select the families, nominations are solicited from the agribusinesses in the community. The nominations are then forwarded to the selection committees who select the new Farm Family of the year.
 
The nomination forms can be filled out for either McLeod or Meeker County families, indicating the individuals, couples, or families whom you feel would be deserving of this honor. Recipients will be recognized during the state-wide Farmfest awards program.
 
Farm Families should be Minnesota food producers actively involved in agricultural production with one or more agricultural enterprises, or have made significant short‐term progress and/or innovative contributions with their agricultural endeavors.  

All nominees should also have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing and supporting the fields of agriculture and production, have some involvement in their communities and/or related organizations, and not have been previously recognized by the Farm Family Program.