Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Just in from AFBF

Innovative, Creative County Farm Bureau Programs Honored

WASHINGTON– Thirty-four county Farm Bureaus nationwide were recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation for innovative program ideas in this year’s County Activities of Excellence Awards program. The winners will be highlighted during AFBF’s 98th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, Jan. 6-11, 2017, in Phoenix.
The CAE program acknowledges and shares successful county Farm Bureau programs and activities. The awards are based on county Farm Bureau membership. Counties compete for recognition in five different groups. Those groups are county Farm Bureaus with membership of less than 1,000 members, 1,001-3,000 members, 3,001-5,000 members, more than 5,001 members, and for collaborative multi-county activities regardless of membership size.
“It’s a pleasure to recognize the outstanding efforts of grassroots Farm Bureau members who join at the county level,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Members are the heart and soul of Farm Bureau. It’s encouraging to see the creative ways they reach out in their communities to share information about today’s food and farming.”
This year’s CAE award winners come from 11 states: California, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. The winners (listed by state and county Farm Bureau) are:
    Less than 1,000 Members
  • Kansas
    Ag Ambassador Program, Reno
  • New York 
    Farm to Fork A-Fair, Chenango
  • Ohio 
    Agriculture Experience Day, Jackson-Vinton
    Drive-It Yourself Ag Tours Galore, Lawrence
  • Pennsylvania 
    Agricultural Career Days, Blair
    1,001-3,000 Members
  • California
    Valley’s Gold, Fresno
  • Illinois 
    Farm to Fork Gala, Knox
  • Kansas 
    Farm City Day, Allen
  • Ohio 
    Harvest for Hospice Farm to Plate, Tuscarawas
  • Virginia 
    Farming Leaders, Rockingham
    3,001-5,000 Members
  • Michigan 
    Special Needs Livestock Show: 4-H Challenged Me, Lapeer 
  • Ohio 
    Farm Bureau/Boy Scout - Agriculture and Natural Resource Merit Badge Day, Jefferson Benefit in the Barn, Symphony on the Farm, Delaware Ag Facts Ads, Medina
  • Texas 
    Responding to Livestock Calls - Information for First Responders, Cherokee
    5,001+ Members
  • Illinois 
    Ag All Around Us, Winnebago-Boone
  • Illinois 
    Farm Bureau Goes to the Farmer’s Market, DuPage
  • Kentucky 
    County Forestry Days, Harlan 
  • Nebraska 
    Antique Tractor & Car Show, Lancaster
  • Ohio 
    Drones, A County Farm Bureau and Policy Development, Hamilton
    Multi-County Collaborative
  • California 
    Ag Unite, Butte, Stanislaus and Tuolumne
  • Illinois 
    Barging Ahead for Stronger Economies, Marshall-Putnam, Peoria and Stark
  • New York 
    Grown in Our State, Broome, Cortland, Madison, Oneida and Onondaga
  • Ohio 
    Grain Bin Rescue Tubes, Ashland, Wayne and Holmes
For more information on the winning programs, contact Lindsay Calvert, AFBF director of leadership development, at (202) 406-3738 or 

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