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Whens and hows
How can I get a nomination kit?
When is the deadline for the 2007 award?
When will the winners be announced?

Submitting a nomination
There is a 10-page limit for the nomination. Do the 10 pages include the contact information sheet and instructions that we provided?
How long should the answers to the four questions be?
Does presentation count?
To whom should cover letters be addressed?
I submitted a nomination last year. Can I resubmit?
Can I submit more than one nomination?

Who can be nominated?
Who can I nominate?
Can families be nominated?
Can ranchers be nominated?
Can tenant farmers be nominated?
Can a family member nominate another family member?
Can farmers and ranchers nominate themselves?

Judging
Who are the judges for the award?
Does the award coordinator participate in the judging?

How can I get a nomination kit?
There are many ways to get a nomination kit, including online. To get information and paper nomination materials, e-mail Jennifer Morrill, call 202-378-1255 or write:

Steward of the Land Award
American Farmland Trust
1150 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

When is the deadline for the 2007 award?
The deadline for the 2007 award is 5pm, December 1, 2006.

When will the winners be announced?
We do not have a set date as of yet. Judging from the previous awards, the winners are announced in March or April.

There is a 10-page limit for the nomination. Do the 10 pages include the contact information sheet and instructions that we provided?
Yes. The 10 pages consist of nine pages of information provided by you, plus the one page with your contact information. The 10 pages of the nomination should be one-sided. Please be succinct in all cases; our judges have many nominations to evaluate.

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How long should the answers to the four questions be?
That is to your discretion. It is a good balance to have three to four pages of answers, leaving the remaining pages for supporting materials, such as letters of recommendation, articles from newspapers, magazines, newsletters, etc., and other materials that portray the candidates' scope of achievement.

Does presentation count?
Judges recognize and appreciate good spelling, grammar, writing style and organizational skills. Fancy binders and plastic covers are not seen by the judges, and are actually more troublesome as the award coordinator makes multiple photocopies of the nominations. Ease of photocopying is the reason for the 8 ½" x 11" rule. For example, ad size newspaper clippings should be mounted or photocopied onto an 8 ½" x 11" sheet of paper.

To whom should cover letters be addressed?
"Dear AFT," "Dear judges" or "To whom it may concern" are fine. You also have the option of not addressing anyone at all.

I submitted a nomination last year. Can I resubmit?
Yes! We already have your nomination on file, so all you have to do is let us know who you are and whom you wish to resubmit. If the candidate has new achievements since your nomination was last submitted, we highly encourage you to send in supporting materials to show this.

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Can I submit more than one nomination?
Yes.

Whom can I nominate?
You may nominate any U.S. farmer, farm family or group for the award. They must be actively farming the land and should be doing at an outstanding level all the things that AFT specifies in the nomination form (outreach/education, environmental stewardship, land protection, and policy work at the community, state and national level).

Can families be nominated?
Yes. Our 2003 award was presented to the Merrill family of New Hampshire.

Can ranchers be nominated?
Yes! Our 2001 award was presented to the McNeil family of Colorado and our 2005 award was presented to rancher Steve Sinton of California.

Can tenant farmers be nominated?
Yes, we encourage nominations of all good stewards of the land. Although it may be more difficult for tenant farmers to fulfill parts of our criteria (i.e. steps that they have taken to protect their own land), tenant farmers are critical to good stewardship goals across the U.S.

Can a family member nominate another family member?
No. We encourage family members to ask someone from an agricultural organization (e.g. farm bureau, state cooperative extensions, land trusts, SWCDs or RC&Ds) or someone with an objective perspective on how the candidate has stood out in the agricultural community.

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Can farmers and ranchers nominate themselves?
No. Please see above answer.

Who are the judges for the award?
AFT's Board of Directors and staff make up the judging panels.

Does the award coordinator participate in the judging?
No, the award coordinator organizes the nomination and judging processes. The coordinator does not have a say in who wins.


If you have a question that is not listed here, please call our Steward of the Land hotline at 202-378-1255 or e-mail Jennifer Morrill.

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