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MSU seeks nominations for outstanding agricultural leaders

May 27, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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The Montana State University College of Agriculture is seeking nominations for outstanding agricultural leaders to honor during its 2015 Celebrate Agriculture event, set for Nov. 6-7.

The annual awards honor those who have exhibited abundant leadership in Montana public service as an agricultural producer, industry advocate, agri-business leader, or as a friend of agriculture.

Successful award applicants will be: well respected in their agricultural community; actively involved in the agriculture industry with accomplishments that impact many; an industry leader, or an upcoming, active and innovative producer; or have a lifetime of achievement in agriculture. Current MSU, state or federal employees will not be considered except in the friend of agriculture category. Past MSU, state or federal employees need to have been retired for a minimum of two years, and shown service above and beyond their job requirements, to be considered. Nominees not selected will be reconsidered the following year. Applications should be updated with current information.

Vice President of Agriculture Charles Boyer said the event (and award) is a time for the university and the state to recognize and honor agriculture industry, students and producers.

“Our stakeholders and private producers are an integral arm of the university and the college,” Boyer said. “The award has a long history of honoring producers across the state who engage in agriculture in every way they can and by doing so, they lead by example in agriculture leadership for our students, state and college.”

Nomination forms may be downloaded at: http://ag.montana.edu/development/outstanding.htm.

The deadline for nominations is Aug. 28, and forms should be received at 202 Linfield Hall, MSU, Bozeman, MT, 59717, by that date.

Celebrate Agriculture is an opportunity to celebrate the heritage of Montana agriculture and the impact the land-grant tradition has on communities across the state of Montana, the nation and the world. The event includes a dinner hosting the college’s student scholarship award winners, a career social for students, a public breakfast and current agricultural-related research highlights. All events are free and open to the public. The MSU Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics will also be hosting an Outlook Conference, where Colin Carter, director of the University California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics, will deliver a keynote address on international trade.  

Contact: Susan Fraser, sfraser@montana.edu or (406) 994-3683