GFB News Magazine

Does your farm dog have what it takes to win $5,000?

Posted on May 10, 2021 12:00 AM

Is a loyal dog essential to your farm? Maybe he rounds up cattle; guards your livestock from predators or keeps varmints out of your fields. Maybe she’s therapeutic -  makes you laugh, listens to your problems, or gently nudges you at the right moment. Maybe they’ve protected you or a grandchild from harm or sought help like Lassie.

Recognize your exceptional four-legged friend by entering it in the 2022 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year Contest supported by Purina. Georgia Farm Bureau members have until July 2 to enter their dogs.

The grand prize winner will receive a year’s worth of Purina dog food and $5,000. The winner will be recognized as Farm Dog of the Year at the 2022 American Farm Bureau Federation Convention next January in Atlanta. Regional runners-up from AFBF’s Southern, Northeast, Midwest and Western Regions will each win $1,000.            

Desired attributes for the AFBF Farm Dog of the Year include helpfulness to the farmer/ farm family, playfulness and obedience. Complete contest rules are available at along with a video of Bindi, the 2021 Farm Dog of the Year.     

Judges will select the winner and four regional winners. The top 10 dogs will also compete in a social media contest for the title of People’s Choice Pup. Profiles of the top 10 contestants will be shared on AFBF social media beginning in October, with the public invited to vote. The People’s Choice Pup wins a year’s worth of Purina dog food and bragging rights.                                                                                          

Contest is only for Farm Bureau members. If you aren’t a GFB member, visit or your county office to join. Questions about the contest should be emailed to