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Nominations sought for State Ag Hall of Fame

August 21, 2013

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, which pays tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to one of the state’s leading industry.

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

“Every year we honor at least one outstanding farmer or farm family who represents the hard work and dedication of all Maryland farmers,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley. “The Governor’s Agriculture Hall of Fame ceremony allows us to stop and take a moment to thank those farmers and farm families who represent a critical part of our history and heritage in Maryland. ”

Since 1991, when the Hall of Fame was established, 42 farm families have been honored for their high standards of conduct, personal values, contributions to their community, and performance, leadership, innovation, and achievement in agriculture.

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Nomination forms are available from MDA or local extension offices, which serve as local nominating committee coordinators. Each local nominating committee, which is made up of each county’s extension educator, farm bureau president, fair representative, and soil conservation district chairman, reviews a pool of candidates from its county and forwards a selection to the governor’s selection committee.

Nominations are due to MDA by Sept. 5, and will be reviewed by the committee.

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.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held during the Maryland Agricultural Dinner in February 2014.

For a nomination form, go to www.mda.maryland.gov/documents/2013_Nomination_form.doc.

For more information, call 410-841-5770 or contact the local extension office.

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