John Deere and five other Vermonters will be inducted next month into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction.
Those selected are being honored for making agriculture their life’s passion, said Jackie Folsom, chairwoman of the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame.
“It mostly has to do with people who promote agriculture, who don’t actually promote agriculture for economic or financial gain,” Folsom said. “But because they feel it’s important to them … they work with young people, or the next generation, or people who are involved in farming ...”
Deere (1804-1886) was a Rutland native who apprenticed with local blacksmiths before moving to the Midwest where he invented the steel plow. The global farm implement company bears his name to this day.
Honoring Vermonters who have made a significant contribution to agriculture began 11 years ago. In Deere’s case, he was one of the first nominees but had to wait until this year to be inducted.
Folsom said Deere’s nomination was promoted by Glenn Rogers, a former University of Vermont Extension Service agent.
“The challenge for the committee is to make a nice mix of people who we are going to honor posthumously and people who are still around,” she said.
Once someone is nominated, Folsom said the nomination remains active and is taken up again.
Other 2013 inductees include:
Darby Bradley, for his work to conserve forest and farmland throughout the state.
Sam Cutting III, who was recognized for his leadership in research, marketing and regulatory issues in the maple industry.
Robert Davis, former manager of Cabot Creamery Cooperative and owner of Maple Glen farm.
Two are being honored posthumously:
Elizabeth Carr, a former UVM Extension Service educator.
Thomas Magnan, a former dairy farmer and leader in state and national dairy organizations.
The inductees will be honored Aug. 28 during a luncheon at the Champlain Valley Exposition.
During the ceremonies, black and white photos of the 2012 inductees will be displayed. Last year’s inductees included Roger Allbee, Anne Burke, David Grimm, Woody Pankey Jr., and Stephen Woodard.
Photos of this year’s class will be displayed next year.
Photographs of the 52 inductees are already on display in the entryway of the Robert E. Miller Building and can be viewed during the fair and throughout the year.
Nomination forms are available on the Exposition website (cvexpo.org) and can be submitted any time.
For more information about the event, contact Folsom at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 426-3579.
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