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The following criteria must be met during the nomination process:

  • All nominees must be submitted on the official Outstanding Young Farmers Nomination Form, found on the OFA website, before September 1.

  • Nomination forms should be completed on the form downloaded from the website, not handwritten.


To qualify:

  • Nominees must be between the ages of 21 and 40, not becoming 41 prior to January 1 before the National OYF Awards Congress.

  • Nominees must be actual farm operators, deriving a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming.

  • Mail or fax the completed nomination form. The submission addresses as well as additional information about the National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress and program can be obtained by visiting


National winners are determined based on personal contributions in the following categories:

  • Progress in agricultural career (50%)

  • Extent of soil and water conservation practices (25%)

  • Contributions to the well-being of the community, state, and nation (25%)


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