|JANUARY 16, 2012 --
The Connecticut Agricultural Information Council is accepting nominations for the Connecticut 2012 Outstanding Young Farmer.
The application can be found on CT Agricultural Education Foundation website at www.ctaef.org. Applications must be post- marked by February 17, 2012. The winner will be notified in early March and the award will be presented at Ag Day at the Capitol, March 21, 2012.
Nationally sponsored by the U.S. Jaycees, the purpose of the Outstanding Young Farmer Program is to bring about a greater interest in the farmer, to foster better urban-rural relations through the understanding of agriculture's challenges, to develop an appreciation of their contributions and achievements, and to inform the agribusiness community of the growing urban awareness of farmers' importance and impact on the American economy.
Read about the 2011 winner, Matt Peckham of Elm Farm in Woodstock, who is also a National Finalist at http://www.ctaef.org/62740/index.html