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Farm Credit is looking for smart leaders who are improving their communities.

I normally don’t post promotional pieces unless it is part of my organization (Dairy Management Inc) or the dairy industry but this one hits a little closer to home.

You see a few years ago my brother’s loan was called due by the bank (I won’t mention them) and he was scared about losing the farm that had been in our family’s name for three generations – and much longer than that through relatives.

While we were looking into different ways to help my brother out, Farm Credit stepped up and took over the loan. It was a great relief to all of us.

So when they recently asked for my help in promoting their search for 100 leaders who are changing the future of rural communities and agriculture for the better, what was I going to say?

No. Are you kidding?

Of course, I’ll help.

So here’s the deal.

You can nominate yourself. You can nominate another person or an organization or a group of individuals.

Out of the hundred they select, ten will each receive $10,000 award to help further their leadership contributions and they’ll get a trip to Washington D.C. (with a guest) in 2016.

Nominations are being accepted now through Dec. 18, 2015.

A panel of experts on rural matters will evaluate the entrants and select the top 100 honorees.

So get out there and nominate yourself or someone else – and if you want me to do it for you, just shoot me an email. I’ll do it.