Despite its name, both farmers and ranchers, the heart of the agricultural community are eligible to receive the award, a posting on the Idaho Farm Bureau website said. Judges from both the Farmers’ Almanac and the American Farm Bureau Federation will work to identify the three winners who exemplify outstanding farming practices and tradition.
Farmer of the Year winners embrace new technologies while maintaining the spirit of the agricultural tradition that has been a foundation of the Farmer’s Almanac since 1818, the posting said. Nominees will be judged on criteria that includes community involvement and teaching the next generation of agricultural producers about the value of cultivation. Nominees need to exemplify outstanding farming practices, farming tradition and truly be worthy of the title, Farmers’ Almanac Farmers of the Year, the posting said.
Winners will receive a lifetime subscription to the Farmers’ Almanac, as well as reimbursement for a one-year membership to the farm bureau in their local county. The stories of the winners and their farms or ranches will be featured in the 2018 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac.