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Welcome to the 2023 Farm Bureau® Ag Innovation Challenge (sometimes referred to herein as “The Challenge”). The Challenge is a national business competition for U.S. entrepreneurs who are addressing issues affecting U.S. farmers, ranchers and rural communities. By the conclusion of The Challenge, the American Farm Bureau Federation (“AFBF”) will have awarded $165,000 in startup funds to ten businesses. These ten businesses will compete live at the 2023 AFBF Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 6-11, 2023.  The winning team, the 2023 Farm Bureau®Ag Innovation Challenge Winner, will be awarded an aggregate total of $50,000.

To apply for the 2023 Farm Bureau® Ag Innovation Challenge, complete the application below by April 29, 2022 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Welcome to the 2023 Farm Dog of the Year contest. Farm Bureau® and Nestle Purina PetCare Company are looking for the best farm dog in the country! Desired attributes in the Farm Bureau® Farm Dog of the Year include helpfulness to the farmer and his/her family, playfulness and obedience.   

The grand prize winner – Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year – will win a year’s worth of Purina Pro-Plan dry dog food and $5,000 in prize money. The winner will be recognized at a Farm Dog of the Year award ceremony at the AFBF Convention in January 2023. Up to four regional runners-up will win $1,000 each in prize money.

To apply for the 2023 Farm Dog of the Year contest, complete the application below. Entries must be received after Jan. 9, 2022, at 3 p.m. CST and entry will close on July 1, 2022, at 10:59 pm CST.

Be prepared to provide written responses to the questions below about your farm dog:

  • How does he/she enrich your life and that of your family?
  • How does he/she support you, the farmer, in doing your job?
  • What activities on the farm or ranch does your dog perform or is your dog involved in?
  • What non-farm-work activities do you and your dog do together for recreation?
  • Describe your commitment to responsible dog ownership (safety practices, current vaccinations, proper nutrition and care, etc.).
  • List any awards your dog has received, and any special skills your dog has, or tricks he/she can perform.

In addition, we strongly encourage submission of at least one photo of the nominated dog for consideration (a picture is worth 1,000 words). Submission of a video clip is also optional, but highly encouraged.  

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