Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

Wisconsin Seeking Outstanding Young Farmer Nominations

Organizers of Wisconsin’s Outstanding Young Farmer award are looking for nominations from a variety of producers of agricultural commodities to apply for next year’s program. Nominees must be younger than 40 years of age and derive at least two-thirds of their income from farming.

The award is based on 50-percent progress in their ag career, 25-percent from soil and water conservation and 25-percent for contributions to their community, state and nation. Successful nominees will compete for the top award during the Wisconsin OYF Awards Weekend in Eau Claire this January.

Applicants will also be vying for the ‘Speak Up for Agriculture’ award during that weekend.

“The National OYF program is aiming to get more participants and diversify the field of candidates,” Cindy Matton, OYF Awards Weekend event organizer. “Last year we had several candidates representing a variety of operations. We know there are more young farmers out there in many different ag enterprises. Please help us locate them and encourage them to apply.”

Now in its 63rd year, Wisconsin OYF has had 17 national winners. The 2015 state winner, Marieke Penterman from Thorp, has been nominated to represent Wisconsin at the February 2016 Awards Congress.

Applications from nominees are due by December 1. For more information, call 715-833-9649.

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