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Farmers Almanac
The 2017 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Farmer of the Year

  • First, your contact info...

  • Now, info about the person you're nominating...

  • And then in 300 words or less tell us why you believe this person should be honored and recognized as Farmers’ Almanac Farmer of the Year.

    Please try to include details about what makes your nominee outstanding in the following areas:

    • Supporting the Tradition: How long has this farmer/rancher been in their field? How did he or she get involved in agriculture and why?
    • Innovation in Agriculture: How does your nominee embrace technology or new ways of farming and ranching?
    • Community Involvement: How does your nominee engage his/her community to support agriculture and/or teach us more about farming overall?
    • Inspiration: Why you feel your nominee is a true leader in agriculture who deserves to be recognized as one of three "Farmers' Almanac Farmer of the Year."
  • Remember: 300 words or less!


    The Farmers’ Almanac and the American Farm Bureau Federation (the “Sponsors”) are pleased to be sponsoring the "Farmers' Almanac Farmer of the Year Contest" (the “Contest”). The Contest is governed by all terms and conditions listed below.

    ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to all open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years and older as of date of entry and have an exemplary story to tell. Employees of Farmers Almanac and American Farm Bureau Federation and their affiliated companies are not eligible. Contest judges, families and household members of contest judges are not eligible. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. The Sponsors reserve the right to reject and disqualify any essays that are considered inappropriate.

    HOW AND WHEN TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To enter the Contest send us an essay (the “Essay”) that meets the requirements below. The Contest starts at 12:01 AM, ET on 8/15/16 and ends 11:59:59 PM, ET on 1/31/17("Contest Entry Period"). Entry is on-line only. Visit and follow the registration instructions. After you have completed registering, submit an Essay in strict compliance with the criteria and requirements stated in these Official Rules, describing why you or a farmer or rancher you know, deserves to be recognized and honored. No essays will be accepted after 11:59:59 PM, ET on 2/1/17.

    ESSAY REQUIREMENTS: Your Essay must be entirely in English, not exceed 300 words, must be your original work and must state why you believe you or a farmer or rancher you know deserves the recognition of Farmers’ Almanac Farmer of the Year. Your Essay may not mention, contain, refer or otherwise allude to the name or logo of any person (other than other family members who help on the farm), company, business, brand, product, entity, or character. Your Essay may not contain any obscene, lewd, violent, offensive or otherwise inappropriate words, abbreviations, language, signs, symbols, political, personal and/or religious statements or references, or in any way reflect negatively upon the Sponsors as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion.

    JUDGING CRITERIA & SELECTION OF WINNER: The Contest will be judged by a panel of judges from both the Farmers’ Almanac and the American Farm Bureau Federation ("Contest Judges"). The Contest Judges will evaluate and rate the Essays according to the following four (4) criteria. In 300 words or less, what makes your nominee outstanding in the following areas: (i) Support the Tradition: How long has this farmer/rancher been in this field? How did he or she get involved in agriculture and why? (ii) Innovation in Agriculture: How does your nominee embrace technology or new ways of farming and ranching? (iii) Community Involvement: How does the nominee engage his or her community to support agriculture and or teach more about farming overall? (iv) Inspiration: How is your nominee a leader in agriculture and, why does he or she deserve to be recognized as one of three FARMERS’ ALMANAC FARMERS OF THE YEAR?

    PRIZES & ODDS OF WINNING:  Judges from the American Farm Bureau Federation as well as the Farmers’ Almanac will review all of the entries and select three (3) winners who, based on the categories above, best exemplify outstanding farming practices, farming tradition, and are worthy of the title of a FARMERS’ ALMANAC FARMER OF THE YEAR. Winners will receive a one-year’s membership to the Farm Bureau organization in their county of residence, a lifetime subscription to the Farmers’ Almanac, and have their farm and story featured in the pages of the 2018 Farmers’ Almanac and on Odds of winning are dependent on the number of entries received.

    Any individual submitting an essay agrees that the sole and final judgment as to all matters concerning the Contest and interpretation of contest rules are at the sole discretion of the Farmers’ Almanac and American Farm Bureau Federation and their officers and staff.

    REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, & GRANT OF RIGHTS BY ESSAY SUBMITTER:  Each individual who submits an Essay ("Submitter"), represents and warrants that the Essay is his/her own original work and does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party; has not been entered in or won previous contests or awards; and has not been published or distributed previously in any media.

    Additionally, each Submitter represents and warrants that s/he owns all rights and title to his/her Essay, including, without limitation, the copyrights and all other intellectual property rights in the Essay.

    By submitting an Essay, a Submitter irrevocably grants Sponsors and their affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees, a world-wide, royalty-free, unconditional, unlimited and perpetual license and permission to publish, re-publish, reproduce, copy, edit, transmit, post, broadcast and/or televise, display, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or re-use the Submitter's Essay, name, and city of residence, including, but not limited to, its publication or re-publication as submitted or as edited/modified by the Sponsors, in their sole discretion, in the 2018 or any other edition of Farmers Almanac to be offered for sale to the public by Sponsors, for commercial or other purposes on Sponsors’ web sites, and in any and all media without limitation, worldwide and throughout perpetuity, without additional compensation, notice to, or approval from Submitter or any other party.

    EACH SUBMITTER UNDERSTANDS AND ACKNOWLEDGES THAT SUBMITTER WILL NOT BE PAID FOR OR RECEIVE ANY FORM OF COMPENSATION FOR HIS/HER ESSAY IN EXCHANGE FOR GRANTING SPONSORS THESE RIGHTS. Each Submitter waives all intellectual property rights, privacy/publicity rights or other legal or moral rights that might limit or preclude the Sponsors’ use of Submitter's Essay, and agrees not to sue or assert any claim against Sponsors arising out of or connected with the posting, publishing, and/or use of the Essay or Submitter's personal information as listed above. Each Submitter specifically agrees to waive all claims to receive any royalties of any kind now or in the future from Sponsors, their advertising/promotion agencies, subsidiaries, affiliates or licensees, successors and assigns and the officers, directors and employees of each (collectively, "Sponsors & Others") for any use of his/her Essay.

    Each Submitter further agrees to indemnify and hold Sponsors & Others, harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of them due to or in any way arising out of the use of Submitter's Essay, or the Submitter's conduct in creating the Essay or otherwise in connection with this Contest, including but not limited to claims for trademark infringement, copyright infringement; violation of an individual's right of publicity or right of privacy; or defamation.

    Additionally, each Submitter agrees that s/he will cooperate with Sponsors or Sponsors’ agent in obtaining all necessary affidavits, releases, warranties, and any other such documents as may be deemed necessary by Sponsors. Although Sponsors will review all Essays before being judged, posted or published, the posting or publication of an Essay does not mean the Essay has been deemed to be in compliance with these Official Rules. Essays that do not comply with these Official Rules or that otherwise contain prohibited, or inappropriate content as determined by Sponsors, in their sole discretion, will be disqualified.

    INTERNET: Sponsors are not responsible for interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer transmissions or jumbled, scrambled or misdirected entries (including Essays) or transmissions, or for phone, electrical, network, computer hardware or software or program malfunctions, failures or difficulties or for other errors, omissions, interruptions, or deletions of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic or for any damage to any person's computer related to participating in the Contest.

    Sponsors are not responsible for illegible, unintelligible, late, lost or stolen entries or incorrect or inaccurate entry information, whether caused by Internet users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest promotion or by any technical or human errors which may occur in the processing of any entries/Essays in this Contest. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Contest, as solely determined by Sponsors, will be disqualified and may be subject to prosecution.

    If in the judgment of Sponsors, the Contest is compromised by virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of Sponsors which corrupts the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Contest promotion, Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion to discontinue, suspend or terminate the Contest or to proceed in any manner Sponsors deem fair and reasonable.

    Any personally identifiable information collected during your participation in this Contest promotion will be used by Sponsors and their agents solely for purposes of the proper administration and fulfillment of the Contest promotion as described in these Official Rules and will not be shared with any third party except as stated in the Farmers’ Almanac Privacy Policy, posted online at and as allowed by law.


    In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner based on an e-mail address, the winning entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational, institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

    GENERAL:  By entering this Contest, Submitter agrees to abide by these official rules. All Federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. The interpretation of these Official Rules shall be governed by the laws of the state of Maine. Any and all disputes will be resolved individually, without resort to class action, in the appropriate courts in the state of Maine exclusively, and subject to the laws of the state of Maine.

    In addition to the consent and permissions granted above, entrants consent to the use of their name, essay, photograph and/or likeness for advertising and publicity purposes, in all media, worldwide, as determined by Sponsors without further compensation or consultation, except as otherwise stated herein or where prohibited by law.

    By participating, Submitter releases Sponsors & Others from any and all damages, losses or injuries, or any claim of liability, whether property or personal, including death, whether direct or indirect, arising out of or due to or in connection with acceptance, use/misuse, or enjoyment of the Prize, participation in this Contest or Contest-related events.

    Winners List: To learn who won, go to between 8/15/17 and 1/31/18, or consult the print edition of the 2018 Farmers’ Almanac.

    SPONSORS: Farmers’ Almanac/Almanac Publishing Company, 70 Mount Hope Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240, and the American Farm Bureau Federation, 600 Maryland Ave. SW, Suite 1000W, Washington DC 20024

    © 2016 Almanac Publishing Company
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