The timeframe for compiling nomination information for a professional farm manager to be entered into consideration for earning the 2015 Professional Farm Manager of the Year Award was limited to only one month this year. That nomination period ends May 27.

It should be noted that farm managers can enter the award program themselves or be entered by someone else within the industry, including their employer. To be eligible, a professional farm manager or a farm management team must have at least five years of farm management experience and hold membership in the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA).

In general, the award recognizes professional farm managers whose dedication and commitment to agriculture have benefited their clients, the American consumer and the most precious commodity—the land. Specifically, the winner will be selected by a panel of judges based on the following:

  • Number of clients and success at retaining clients.
  • Innovative crop production practices implemented, including soil and water conservation.
  • Average crop yields and marketing success.
  • Involvement in agricultural and nonagricultural service organizations.
  • Ability to adapt to the changing economic conditions facing agriculture.

The winner will receive an expense-paid trip to the annual ASFMRA meeting including registration, travel and accommodations for the individual honoree or team representative, a personalized plaque and a $1,000 donation to a non-profit ag group of the honoree's choice.

This award has earned the respect of the farm management community as a prestigious award. It is co-sponsored by Syngenta, ASFMRA and AgProfessional magazine. The award will be presented during the ASFMRA Annual Convention, which will be held Oct. 26-31 in San Antonio, Texas.

To nominate someone in the award program click here.

To learn more about the ASFMRA convention click here.