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Itasca County Farm Family of the Year


Please nominate an individual or family, using the criteria below. Farm Families should:

  • Be Minnesota food producers actively involved in agricultural production with one or more agricultural enterprises. Beyond the usual agricultural endeavors, please also include these production areas for consideration: potato, vegetable, fruits, berries, aquaculture, agriforestry, and renewable energy supplies.


  • Have made significant short-term progress and/or innovative contributions with their agricultural endeavors. For example, consider producers who are relatively new to this country, someone who has developed an innovative method for a particular environmental problem, adopted a rotational grazing system, added alternative or value-added crops, etc.
  • All nominees should also:
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing and supporting the fields of agriculture and production.
  • Have some involvement in their communities and/or related organizations.
  • Not have been previously recognized by the Farm Family Program.



  • Honorees will be recognized in their county as appropriate for their community.
  • Honorees will be invited to attend Farmfest for a recognition event. NOTE: It is not necessary for farm families to attend this event in order to be nominated.
  • Honorees will be recognized by sponsoring college deans and directors.
  • Honorees must provide their own transportation to and from Farmfest.



Friday, April 24, 2020

  • Completed Selection Form submitted to Mary Jo Fox (, Mid-Central Research & Outreach Center, 1802 18th St. NE, Willmar, MN 56201
  • Certificates for local recognition will be sent to county offices upon request to Mary Jo Fox

July - August, 2020

  • Local recognition of families with local media

First week of July, 2020

  • Farm Family press announcements (state)

August, 2020

  • Recognition event at Farmfest



Contact Mary Jo Fox,


Thank you for your assistance in the 2020 Farm Family nomination and selection process. Visit the Farm Family website at: