About Us

Our Association At A Glance

What is the Master Farmer Award Program?

Since 1927, the Mid Atlantic Master Farmers Awards Program continues as America’s longest running and most prestigious agricultural honors program.  A Master Farmer is one who is known for being a superb producer, a progressive business person, an excellent land steward and a proven servant-leader in the community. 

The Master Farmer Award is co-sponsored by American Agriculturist (the successor to Pennsylvania Farmer Magazine) and the Cooperative Extension of the land grant universities in the 5 states represented in the program (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia).


The Association has two core missions:

1.  To promote and advance the agriculture industry in the participating states.

2.  To provide meaningful scholarships to qualified applicants in the baccalaureate degree programs majoring in agriculture at the sponsoring land-grant universities in the participating states (Delaware, Maryland, new Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.)

The Association is led by a Board of Directors made up of no more than sixteen directors; six directors elected by the membership, the immediate past president, two directors at large (the editor of the American Agriculturist and a representative of the Agriculture Extension Service of the Pennsylvania State University) the current president, vice-president and the executive secretary/treasurer.