Nominations for Ag leader sought


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Now is the time to nominate an outstanding agricultural leader to be honored during the 2010 Agricultural Appreciation Weekend at Montana State University.

The College of Agriculture at MSU-Bozeman gives one or more Outstanding Agricultural Leader awards each year to people who have exhibited outstanding leadership in Montana in public service, as an agricultural producer, industry advocate, agri-business leader, and dean’s friend of agriculture.

Nominations must be submitted by Sept. 15.

Nominees not selected one year will be reconsidered the following year, but more complete applicant information is encouraged, said Lisa Duffey, assistant to the dean of the college. A committee appointed by the college will review applications and announce winners during Agricultural Appreciation Weekend on Nov. 5-7.

The selection committee describes successful applicants as:

– being well respected in their agricultural community,

– being actively involved in the agriculture industry with accomplishments that impact many,

– having either a lifetime of achievement in agriculture, being an industry leader, or an upcoming, active and innovative producer.

Successful applicants will not be employed by MSU, the state or government at time of recognition. If an applicant is a past MSU, state or government employee, they shall have been retired for a minimum of two years and have shown service above and beyond job requirements.

The exception to this is the Dean’s Friend Award, which may be given to a state or government employee, or a public servant for extraordinary service and support to MSU College of Agriculture and the agriculture industry.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the web at: You can also contact Duffey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call her at (406) 994-3683. Forms should be received by Duffey at 202 Linfield Hall, MSU, Bozeman, 59717 by Sept. 15.