Nominations for the 2021 Missouri Agriculture Awards must be received no later than Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. to the Missouri Department of Agriculture - Award Nomination, 1616 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, MO 65109 or emailed to

Award Categories & Descriptions

Missouri Farm Innovation Award

Missouri Farm Innovation Award IconA Missouri producer who has worked to develop or implement innovative environmental stewardship techniques, agricultural products or services through on-farm efficiency efforts, progressive management practices, production technologies and/or marketing approaches. Nominees will be judged on current methods as well as their position to meet future economic and business challenges.

Missouri Agriculture Education Leader

Missouri Agriculture Education Leader IconAn educator or advisor in the Missouri school system highlighting the importance of agricultural education to our state’s youth while also advising them on becoming future leaders in the industry. This award recognizes teachers, advisors and leaders in primary, secondary and higher education systems. Nominees will be judged on the overall impact they have on upcoming youth in the agriculture system.

Missouri Food Animal Veterinarian

Missouri Food Animal Veterinarian IconA Missouri food animal veterinarian who has gone above and beyond. This award will recognize a food animal veterinarian who works to protect animal health & welfare, prevent & relieve animal suffering, conserve animal resources, promote public health and advance medical knowledge. This individual must have provided veterinary care for the food production industry through surveillance for emerging diseases, and demonstrated best practices for animal health and well-being of food animals.

Missouri Agriculture Volunteer Award

Missouri Agriculture Volunteer Award IconA true champion for Missouri agriculture that has dedicated their time to volunteering on behalf of Missouri agriculture through community involvement. This award recognizes those that are doing their part to better the industry by sharing agriculture’s story, encouraging youth involvement, enhancing the community in which they live and giving of their valuable time.

Missouri Agriculture Communicator

Missouri Agriculture Communicator Award IconA Missouri agriculture communicator who has made a commitment to farmers and ranchers by telling their stories. From their rural communities, to statewide and even national audiences, this individual has brought attention to issues in the agriculture industry. This award recognizes those who are advocating for agriculture, while remaining transparent and objective.

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