|Nominations requested for Agriculture Hall of Fame|
|Thursday, May 15, 2014 8:00 PM|
LIMA— The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce is requesting nominations for the second annual Allen County Agriculture Hall of Fame. This award honors men or women who have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture in Allen County, either as a farmer or in an agriculturally-related field. The purpose is to pay tribute to those who have brought distinction to themselves, have made outstanding contributions to their professions and whose community involvement has served as a stimulus to others.
With over $87 million in annual crop and livestock sales, production agriculture is Allen County’s largest industry. Farms in Allen County occupy over 75 percent of its land base.
“So it’s only natural for the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce to have a platform from which they annually honor people who have impacted agriculture locally”, reported Chamber Agri-Business Committee Chair, Beth Seibert.
Applicants are being sought in two categories: Producer/Breeder and Agricultural Related.
Candidates chosen for nomination must have made their major contribution to agriculture primarily as a result of being born, growing up, living in or beginning their career in Allen County. The goal is for honorees to have at least 25 years of experience in agriculture. Nominations can be made posthumously.
In 2013, Calvin Leimbach and Edgar Begg were honored as the program’s first inductees.
The Chamber will honor the awardee(s) during the upcoming Wake Rattle and Roll breakfast event at the Allen County Fair on Aug. 22.
Award nomination forms can be secured through the Chamber office at 144 S. Main St. in Lima or on their website at limachamber.com. Deadline for submission of applications is July 11.