Nomination for 2016 North Carolina Small Farmer of the Year

Do you know an exceptional small-farm businessman or businesswoman? Why not nominate him or her as the North Carolina Small Farmer of the Year, an annual award made by The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Now is your chance to embrace and applaud the accomplishments of an outstanding farmer.

The award will be presented March 23, 2016 during the 30th Annual Small Farms Week activities scheduled March 20-26, 2016. The recipient will be honored during the annual Small Farmers’ Appreciation luncheon and will receive a plaque, a special monogrammed jacket and $1,500.

You may nominate as many qualified candidates as you wish. If you nominate a small farmer who is recognized for an award, you will also receive special recognition.

Requirements for 2016 Small Farmer of the Year

Nomination form for 2016 Small Farmer of the Year

The North Carolina Small-Farmer-of-the-Year Award recognizes a small farmer in the state who is a:

  • Innovator in livestock and/or crop production and marketing.
  • Leader, involved in contributing time and other resources to build the local community.
  • Steward of the environment, protecting and enhancing natural resources.
  • Wise business person running a farm business in an entrepreneurial manner.

To nominate a farmer, please submit a completed application, postmarked on or before August 21, 2015 to:

Dr. Michelle Eley, chair 2016 Small-Farmer- of-the-Year Subcommittee
The Cooperative Extension Program
P.O. Box 21928
Greensboro, NC 27420
E-mail: FAX: 336-334-7432

Late applications will not be accepted. To verify receipt of the application, please contact Alice Pennix at

Thank you for your consideration and participation in this exciting event that recognizes the special contributions of North Carolina small farmers!