JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – – Farmers are invited to submit nominations for the Inaugural Missouri Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest, supported by Purina. This brand-new contest celebrates farm dogs and the many ways they support farmers and ranchers in producing nutritious food for families and their pets across Missouri.

The grand prize winner – the Missouri Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year – will win a year’s worth of Purina dog food and will be recognized at a Farm Dog of the Year award ceremony at the Missouri Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in December.

Desired attributes for the Farm Dog of the Year include helpfulness to the farmer and his or her family, playfulness and obedience.

Farm dog owners must be Missouri Farm Bureau members to enter their dogs in the competition. Prospective applicants who are not members can visit to learn about becoming a member.

Eligibility guidelines and submission requirements are available at Farm Dog of the Year nominations, which include written responses to questions, at least one photo and an optional video clip, must be received by September 30, 2022, for consideration.

About Nestlé Purina PetCare Company

Nestlé Purina PetCare creates richer lives for pets and the people who love them. Founded in 1894, Purina has helped dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives by offering scientifically based nutritional innovations. Purina manufactures some of the world’s most trusted and popular pet care products, including Purina ONE, Pro Plan, Fancy Feast and Tidy Cats. Our more than 8,700 U.S. associates take pride in our trusted pet food, treat and litter brands that feed 51 million dogs and 65 million cats every year. More than 500 Purina scientists, veterinarians, and pet care experts ensure our commitment to unsurpassed quality and nutrition.

Purina promotes responsible pet care through our scientific research, our products, and our support for pet-related organizations. Over the past five years, Purina has contributed more than $150 million towards organizations that bring, and keep, people and pets together, as well as those that help our communities and environment thrive.

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About Missouri Farm Bureau

MOFB is Missouri’s largest and most effective farm organization with a presence in every county throughout the state. Learn more at or follow @MissouriFarmBureau on Facebook, @MOFarmBureau on Twitter or @MOFarmBureau on Instagram.