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State Agriculture Hall of Fame accepting nominations for award

July 14, 2009

ANNAPOLIS -- To honor the leaders of Maryland's agricultural community, the Maryland Department of Agriculture is accepting nominations of farmers and farm families for the Governor's Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Any farm family that derives its income principally from farming is eligible for the award.

Nomination forms are available from MDA or local cooperative extension offices, which serve as local nominating committee coordinators.

Each local nominating committee, which is made up of the county extension educator, county farm bureau president, county fair representative and county soil conservation district chairman, reviews a pool of candidates from its county and forwards a selection to the Governor's Selection Committee.

Nominations from the committees are due to MDA by Aug. 21, and will be reviewed by the committee.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held during the Maryland Agricultural Dinner on Feb. 4, 2010.

The selection committee includes the dean of the University of Maryland's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the president of the Maryland Farm Bureau and members of the agricultural community.

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For a nomination form or further information, contact Buddy Bowling at 410-841-5891 or bowlingo@mda.state.md.us; contact your local University of Maryland Extension office; or go to www.mda.state.md.us.

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