Farmers’ Almanac Launches Farmer of the Year Contest

Farmers’ Almanac, in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation, announces its search for three farmers or ranchers to be recognized as “Farmers’ Almanac Farmer of the Year.”

The contest, announced in the special 200th Collector’s Edition of the 2017 Farmers’ Almanac, seeks to recognize and share the dedication, hard work and contributions farmers make to our world and society. Stories of outstanding individuals who work hard to bring food to our tables are sought.

“We’re looking for farmers and ranchers who have figured out how to keep their centuries-old, family run farms alive and thriving, as well as newcomers who may have just started out in farming or ranching,” said Farmers’ Almanac Managing Editor Sandi Duncan, Philom. “The people who work in agriculture are vital to our everyday life and we’d like to honor them in the pages of the Farmers’ Almanac.”

AFBF President Zippy Duvall added, “Farmers and ranchers have long used their ingenuity and tireless work ethic to preserve natural resources and build up local communities while producing food, fiber and fuel for consumers here at home and around the world. We’re pleased to join the Farmers’ Almanac in launching the Farmer of the Year program.”

Nominations must highlight, in 300 words or less, the following criteria:

  • Supporting the Tradition: How long has the nominee been in their field? How did he or she get involved in agriculture and why?
  • Innovation in Agriculture: How the nominee has embraced technology or new ways of farming and ranching;
  • Community Involvement: How has the nominee engaged his/her community to support agriculture and/or teach us more about farming overall; and
  • Inspiration: How the nominee is a true leader in agriculture and deserves to be recognized.

All nominations must be received by Jan. 31, 2017, and must be submitted online at

Three winners will be announced in the 2018 Farmers’ Almanac and will be offered reimbursement for a one-year membership to the Farm Bureau in their county of residence and a lifetime subscription to the Farmers’ Almanac. Each of their stories will also be featured in the pages of the 2018 Farmers’ Almanac and on the web site.

About the American Farm Bureau
The American Farm Bureau Federation, established in 1919, is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity and social advancement and, thereby, to promote the national well-being. Farm Bureau is the voice of agricultural producers at all levels. For more information, visit and follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About the Farmers’ Almanac
Plan your day. Grow your life. Time-tested and generation approved, the Farmers’ Almanac is a compendium of knowledge on weather, gardening, cooking, home remedies, healthy living, managing your household, preserving the Earth and more. In 2017 Farmers’ Almanac celebrates its 200th anniversary with a special edition that includes original advice and lore from the early days of this American icon (on store shelves Aug. 15). “It’s what you read when you want to reconnect.” Follow Farmers’ Almanac on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Contacts: Cyndie Shearing, AFBF
(202) 406-3649
Sandi Duncan, Farmers’ Almanac
(207) 755-2349