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Maryland Department of Agriculture Extends Deadline for Submitting Governor's Agriculture Hall of Fame Nominations
The deadline for nominating farmers and farm families for the Governor’s Agriculture Hall of Fame has been extended from August 8 to August 31 in order to give people more time to prepare nominations. The Governor’s Agriculture Hall of Fame honors the leaders of Maryland’s thriving agricultural community and pays tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to Maryland agriculture.
“Farmers are the solid foundation of our state and a vital part of our future. They provide the food, fiber, and farmland from which we all benefit,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “I encourage all Marylanders to identify the people who have made outstanding contributions to agriculture and to nominate them to the Hall of Fame.”
Any farm family that derives its income principally from farming is eligible for the award. Since 1991, when the Hall of Fame was established, 42 farm families from 22 counties have been honored for their high standards of conduct; personal values; contributions to their community; and performance, leadership, innovation, and achievement in agriculture.
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 August 31, 2012, and will be reviewed by the Governor’s Selection 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, scheduled for February 7.
For a nomination form or further information, contact MDA at 410-841-5770, contact your local cooperative extension office, or log onto www.mda.maryland.gov.
To See Previous Hall of Fame Inductees and Cooperative Extension Offices: http://www.mda.state.md.us/pdf/aghall.pdf
For a Hall of Fame Nomination Form: http://www.mda.maryland.gov/pdf/aghallnom.pdf
For a Hall of Fame Sign-off Sheet: http://www.mda.maryland.gov/pdf/aghallsign.pdf
Note: Applicants MUST work with their county Cooperative Extension Office in preparing the application.
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