If you have a favorite Montanan in agriculture you think needs to be recognized, now is the time to let the "Celebrate Agriculture" committee know.
They're looking for nominees for outstanding farm leaders, and need your help to make the right selections for the 2013 celebration on Oct. 23-26.
The Montana State University College of Agriculture annual event is a "weekend about sharing ideas and developing relationships," explains Dean Jeff Jacobsen, who also directs the MSU Agricultural Experiment Station.
The college hopes to award leaders who have exhibited outstanding leadership in Montana public service as an ag producer, industry advocate, agribusiness leader or as a friend of agriculture.
There's time to give your nomination a lot of thought, since the deadline to submit your candidate isn't until Sept. 9.
If your nomination doesn't win this year, remember that the names sent in for the top ag leaders will be reconsidered next year.
Successful candidates will be those who are well respected in their community, actively involved in the ag industry with accomplishments impacting many, an industry leader, or an upcoming, active and innovative producer, or one how has a lifetime of ag achievement.
Current MSU state or federal employees will not be considered for the leadership award, except in the friend of agriculture classification. Past SU, state or federal employees need to have been re tired for a minimum of two years, and shown service above and beyond their job requirements.
For information, contact Susan Fraser at email@example.com, or call her at (406) 994-3683. Forms should be received at Montana State University, 202 Linfield Hall, Bozeman, Mont., 59717 by the Sept. 9 deadline to be considered valid nominations for the ag leadership award.
Special weekend events will be announced for this year's "Celebrate Agriculture" event.