The Michigan Farmers’ Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for induction into the 2018 class.
The Hall of Fame, which was revived in 2016 after a 5-year absence due to various complications, was reestablished after 28 years of inducting farmers, whose photos hung in a facility near Prairieville. Last year, after moving the event from Barry County to Calhoun County, the first inductees were named since 2011.
This year’s Farmers’ Hall of Fame would like to see four couples inducted, said Harry Pratley, organizer of the event.
The criteria for nomination is that the farmer have farmed for at least 20 years, is 60 years old or older, has been involved in the community and has contributed to the advancement of agriculture.
This year’s celebration and induction ceremony will be Sept. 15 at the Calhoun County fairgrounds.
Last year’s inductees were Roger and Marcia (Norma) Lewis of Hillsdale County and Velmar and Margaret Green of Clinton County.
“The current Michigan Farmers’ Hall of Fame Board of Directors wants the scope of the Hall of Fame to expand to a truly statewide organization, with governance representing all types of farming and farming related businesses,” according to a brochure announcing this year’s event. “The goal is to promote excellence in farming within the state of Michigan. Much help is needed; all constructive help is welcomed.”
An application for induction can be found at the Hall of Fame Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Michigan-Farmers-Hall-of-Fame.