Farm Dog of the Year 2020
Submission Deadline09/05/2019

Meet the nomination deadline of Sept 5, 2019

Thank you for your interest in nominating your farm dog for the Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest, brought to you by Nestle Purina PetCare Company! We know that it will be tough to choose a winner because all of our pets – particularly working farm dogs – are worthy of honors and our gratitude! That said, we will try our best to choose the “best of the best.” Here’s how you can give your dog the best chance to win:

  1. Complete this form to the best of your ability. Use reasons and anecdotes that illustrate the attributes your dog possesses.

  2. Include photos where requested and phone video if available.

  3. Give us your permission to publicize your dog’s picture and story on the AFBF and Nestle Purina PetCare Company websites. Also, a parent/guardian must give permission if the entry’s author is under 18 years old.

  4. Meet the nomination deadline September 5, 2019.

Desired attributes on the farm, in the home and during recreation:

  • Helpfulness to the farmer and his/her family

  • Playfulness

  • Obedience

Official Contest Rules

For any additional questions about the contest, please send an email to


Farm Bureau 2020 Farm Dog of the Year Contest

Official Rules

Prizes provided by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company


1.         SPONSOR. American Farm Bureau Federation (hereinafter “Sponsor”).

2.         DATES. Judging for the 2020 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year Contest (“Contest”) will be Sept. 3-20, 2019. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these official rules (“Official Rules”). By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners.

3.         WHO MAY ENTER. Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States AND UNITED STATES TERRITORIES, WHO ARE 18 years of age or older AND MEMBERS OF FARM BUREAU. This contest is NOT open to: (a) past grand prize winners of the Contest, (b) employees, directors, officers, agents or representatives of Sponsor or Nestlé Purina Petcare Company, or their affiliates, subsidiaries, or parents; (c) members of the immediate family of any of the persons in (b) above. Notwithstanding the foregoing, persons serving on state Farm Bureau boards of directors and their immediate families may participate in the contest. The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren, whether as “in-laws,” or by current or past marriage(s), remarriage(s), adoption, co-habitation or other family extension, and any other persons residing at the same household whether or not related.

4.         HOW TO ENTER. Entries must be received after July 29, 2019, at 12:01 am CST and entry will close on Sept. 5, 2019, at 4:59 pm CST, or when 200 entries are received, whichever comes first (“Contest Entry Period”). To enter the Contest, you must complete a nomination form which includes a written narrative describing how your dog offers companionship and makes farm work a little lighter and recreation time more fun. Sponsor-supplied nomination forms may be found at and further information may be obtained online at

5.         JUDGING CRITERIA. The Contest consists of two (2) rounds of evaluation by judges.  The judges will be selected by the Sponsor. The judges will apply particular criteria to measure which entry has demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the judges, that their farm dog plays an important role on the farm or ranch, lightening the work load and enriching the farm family’s life through faithful companionship to the extent that it should be recognized as Farm Dog of the Year. These criteria will be used to review the first 200 entries to reduce the number to the twelve (12) most highly scored entries. The winner and up to four (4) runners-up will be selected by the judges on Sept. 25, 2019. Sponsor will use the contact information provided in the Contest entry to attempt to notify the winner of the Contest and up to four (4) runners-up on Sept. 25, 2019.  

The Contest winners will be asked to sign and submit an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release and a Publicity release. If Sponsor does not receive the signed Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release within five (5) business days of Sponsor’s email request, the winners may be disqualified, and an alternate prize winner may be awarded the prize.

All winners must demonstrate that he or she meets the requirements for entering into this contest. If Sponsor determines each winner meets the requirements for entering into this contest and did not violate any of these Official Rules, and further timely signs and returns an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release, and Publicity Release, then the winners will be awarded the prizes outlined below.

If Sponsor determines that the judged contest winner does not meet the requirements and/or violated any of these Official Rules, then the judged winner will be disqualified, and Sponsor will select an alternate prize winner.

6.         CONTEST PRIZES. There is one (1) grand prize winner. In addition, there may be up to four (4) runners-up.  The grand prize winner shall receive the following: (a) Coupons for one year’s worth of Purina dry dog food up to $1,000 in retail value, based on the weight of the dog, recommended feeding amounts for dry brands and the brand selected; (b) $5,000.00 in travel vouchers to be used by the winner and his/her family members to attend the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Austin, Texas, on January 17-22, 2020. Provided the winner attends the Farm Dog of the Year award ceremony at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Austin, Texas, on January 17-22, 2020, the cash value of any unused travel vouchers will be distributed to the winner in the form of a check by March 1, 2020 (together, the “Grand Prize”).

Arrangements for air travel, hotel reservations, and ground transportation will be made by Sponsor on behalf of the winner. Winner and additional individual must provide, and shall be responsible for, all documents required for air travel. Sponsor has exclusive control of any vendors selected for the trip, including, but not limited to the selection of the airline and hotel for the trip. If winner is unable to travel on the available dates, the prize will be forfeited, and Sponsor will select an alternate winner. The approximate retail value of the Grand Prize is $6,000.00. Any difference between the actual retail value of Grand Prize and the approximate retail value will not be awarded.

In addition, up to four (4) runner up winners will each win a cash award of $1,000.00 (the “Runners-Up Prize”) (the Grand Prize and the Runners-Up Prize are together referred to herein as a “Prize” or the “Prizes”). Prizes may not be transferred or assigned by the winner(s). ALL WINNERS MUST SIGN AND AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING: (1) AN AFFIDAVIT OF ELIGIBILITY AND LIABILITY RELEASE; AND (2) PUBLICITY RELEASE WITHIN 5 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF NOTICE IN ORDER FOR SPONSOR TO AWARD THE PRIZE. NONCOMPLIANCE OR RETURN OF PRIZE NOTIFICATION AS UNDELIVERABLE MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION AND SELECTION OF AN ALTERNATE WINNER.

7.         ODDS OF WINNING. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received and skill of the entrant.

8.         LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE. Sponsor assumes no liability or responsibility resulting from any entrant’s participation in or attempt to participate in the Contest or in connection with receipt or use of any prize. Sponsor assumes no liability or responsibility for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Contest: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any email transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted email transmissions; unauthorized human or non-human intervention in the operation of the Contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the Contest, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the Contest. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of the Prize or these Official Rules.

Sponsor or vendors providing goods or services related to any prizes, including Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, and each of their respective related companies, and all of its or their officers, directors, employees and agents (“Released Parties”) are not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained by entrant's or any other person's participation in the Contest, or use or receipt of any prize. By participating in the Contest, the entrant releases the Released Parties from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such entrant’s participation in the Contest. By accepting a Prize, the winner agrees that the Released Parties shall not be liable for any loss or injury resulting from participation in the Contest, or the acceptance, use of any Prize, or participation in any event associated with or comprising a part of the Prize. The Released Parties are not liable in the event that any portion of the Contest or Convention or any scheduled events related to this Contest and the Convention are cancelled due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other condition beyond their control. The winner is responsible for transportation to and from their home and the departure airport or other transportation terminal (if any), checked baggage and other additional fees charged by the airline, ground transportation, ancillary hotel expenses, and all other expenses incurred in connection with their travel or their stay in Austin other than as included in their prize described above.

The Grand Prize winner is responsible for any travel insurance related to travel to and from Austin or related to any travel related to the Grand Prize.

9.         CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Entrants agree that this Contest shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the District of Columbia and the forum for any dispute shall be in the District of Columbia. To the extent permitted by law, the right to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or on connection with this Contest are hereby excluded and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries are void if the Sponsor determines the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, obtained through fraud or theft or do not meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.

Participants also agree (1) to be bound by these Official Rules; and (2) that the decisions of the Judges are final and not appealable on all matters relating to the Contest. In the event that the selected winner of any Prize is ineligible or refuses the Prize, the Prize will be forfeited and Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may choose whether to award the Prize to another winner.

10.       TAXES. The value of each prize is includible in the winner’s income. Sponsor is required to report the actual value of the prizes to the Internal Revenue Service. The winner agrees to provide his/her valid name, address, and Social Security number to Sponsor for tax reporting purposes. The winner is responsible for paying all federal, state, and local income and other applicable taxes that are due in connection with receipt of the prize. 

11.       RIGHT TO CHANGE, CANCEL OR SUSPEND CONTEST. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, Trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to change these Official Rules at any time, in its sole discretion, and to suspend or cancel the Contest.

12.       WINNER’S LIST. For names of the winners send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to American Farm Bureau Federation, 600 Maryland Ave SW, Ste 1000W, Washington, DC 20024.  Requests for a confirmation of the winner must be received by March 31, 2020.

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