Farm Dog of Year Nominations Now Open

Dan General

Meet Bindi, Farm Bureau’s 2021 Farm Dog of the Year. New York Farm Bureau member Sonja Galley relies on this Australian Shepherd to help her round up cattle on her family’s 60-cow dairy farm. Bindi helps out in a variety of ways—she once very protectively pushed back a heifer that pinned Sonja in the corner of a pen.
The American Farm Bureau Federation is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization, comprised of and directed by farm and ranch families who engage in all types of food, fuel, and fiber production.
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Sonja Galley and Bindi, the 2021 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year
Credit: Nestle Purina PetCare

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) invites farmers to submit nominations for the 2022 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest, supported by Purina. This is the contest’s fourth year. It celebrates farm dogs and the many ways they support farmers and ranchers in producing nutritious food for families and their pets across America.

The grand prize winner – Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year – will win a year’s worth of Purina dog food and $5,000 in prize money. The winner will also be recognized at a Farm Dog of the Year award ceremony at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention in January 2022. Up to four regional runners-up will each win $1,000 in prize money.


“We’re excited to host this popular contest again and provide the general public with another glimpse into daily life on the farm,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Farm dogs often play a dual role as both working dogs and companions to farm families, which is especially important because farming and ranching can be stressful, even on the best days.”

Desired attributes for the Farm Dog of the Year include helpfulness to the farmer and his/her family, playfulness, and obedience. The 2022 Farm Dog of the Year will also be featured in a professionally-produced video. The profile of 2021 Farm Dog of the Year Bindi can be viewed at