Noyf Awards Program

The outstanding achievements of America’s young farmers are honored

The Outstanding Young Farmers Program aims to increase interest in farmers to foster better urban-rural relationships through an understanding of their efforts, to develop a deeper appreciation for their achievements, and inform the agribusiness community about the increasing urban awareness of farmers’ impact on America’s economic health.

The farmer’s involvement in the community has increased with the evolution of his or her business. Today’s farmer is an active citizen. He or she participates in all aspects of local and state government, as well as civic groups and charities. It’s not just appropriate that farmers are honored for their achievements and contributions, but it is vital. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to agriculture and community involvement.

The culmination of the rigorous independent judging process is the National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress. All nominees are eligible. They can be submitted by anyone. Multiple nominations are allowed from any one state; however, only two semi-finalists will be selected after the judging process.

During the nomination process, you must meet these criteria:

  • All nominations must be submitted using the OFA Outstanding Young Farmers Nomination Form.
  • Not handwritten, nomination forms must be filled out on the form that is available online.

To qualify:

  • Nominees must have a minimum age of 21 years, and no older than 40. They cannot turn 41 before January 1, the National OYF Awards Congress.
  • Nominees should be farm owners who earn at least two-thirds of their income through farming.
  • Send or email the completed nomination forms. The submission addresess as well as additional information about the National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress and program can be obtained by visiting

The following categories are used to determine national winners:

  • 50 % Progress in the agricultural career
  • 25 % Extent of soil- and water conservation practices
  • Contributions to the well being of the nation, state and community (25%)