Montana State University’s College of Agriculture is seeking nominations for its Outstanding Agricultural Leader award, which will be presented during the annual Celebrate Agriculture weekend Nov. 1-2 at MSU.

The award recognizes individuals or families who have gone above and beyond for the Montana agricultural industry in the realms of public service, advocacy, production or business. Awardees will be honored during the Celebration of Agriculture pre-game event on Nov. 2.

“This award embodies the land-grant mission and values we stand for, specifically our long-standing engagement with the agricultural community of Montana, and the value we place in the leaders who have made significant contributions to agriculture,” said MSU Vice President of Agriculture Sreekala Bajwa. “Partnership with this community and leadership of those recognized with this award are vital to the success of our research and educational enterprise that provides an economic advantage to our farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses.”

The selection committee for the Outstanding Agricultural Leader award comprises past chairpersons of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station Advisory Council, the College of Agriculture’s Academic Advisory Committee and the college’s development board, as well as a current faculty member and a member of the College of Agriculture Student Advisory Council.

To be considered for the award, nominees must be well respected in their agricultural community with accomplishments that have wide-ranging impact; have a lifetime of achievement in agriculture; be an industry leader or an upcoming active, innovative producer; and be actively involved in the agriculture industry.

Active MSU or government employees will not be considered, except in the Friend of the COA/MAES category. Retired university or government employees will be considered if they have been retired for at least two years and have shown service above and beyond their job description. Nominees who are not selected will be reconsidered in future years, but application forms should be updated.

The deadline for nominations is Aug. 30. Letters of recommendation are highly encouraged. Nomination forms can be downloaded at agriculture.montana.edu/celebrateag. Completed forms shall be returned to Susan Fraser, 202 Linfield Hall, P.O. Box 172860, Bozeman, MT 59717.