Nominations are being sought for the 2020 Outstanding Agricultural Mentor Award. The Outstanding Agricultural Mentor Award is in its 18th year and recognizes people in agriculture who have been positive mentors and role models for people in agricultural fields — especially women. 

Mentors play an integral role in the development of our agricultural leaders and they often go unheralded. Minnesota District 11 Agri-Women formally recognizes the excellent work of these mentors during their annual Women’s Agricultural Leadership Conference.

The awards will be presented during the luncheon at the 22nd Annual Women’s Agricultural Leadership Conference, on April 15 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minn.

Anyone may nominate a mentor to receive this award. You do not have to be in a formal mentoring program to make a nomination. Mentors can be of any age or gender and need to have influenced somebody in the field of agriculture. Although this award is coordinated by Minnesota District 11 Agri-Women, mentors or their nominators need not be affiliated with the Agri-Women organization, nor is affiliation considered criteria for evaluation.

Applications are due March 20 and may be found on the Women’s Agricultural Leadership Conference web site at or by e-mailing Emily Wilmes at

This article was submitted by University of Minnesota Extension.