Nov. 2, 2016-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
Ag Ambassador Program, Reno
Farm to Fork A-Fair, Chenango
Agriculture Experience Day, Jackson-Vinton
Drive-It Yourself Ag Tours Galore, Lawrence
Agricultural Career Days, Blair
Valley's Gold, Fresno
Farm to Fork Gala, Knox
Farm City Day, Allen
Harvest for Hospice Farm to Plate, Tuscarawas
Farming Leaders, Rockingham
Special Needs Livestock Show: 4-H Challenged Me, Lapeer
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
Responding to Livestock Calls - Information for First Responders, Cherokee
Ag All Around Us, Winnebago-Boone
Farm Bureau Goes to the Farmer's Market, DuPage
County Forestry Days, Harlan
Antique Tractor & Car Show, Lancaster
Drones, A County Farm Bureau and Policy Development, Hamilton
Ag Unite, Butte, Stanislaus and Tuolumne
Barging Ahead for Stronger Economies, Marshall-Putnam, Peoria and Stark
Grown in Our State, Broome, Cortland, Madison, Oneida and Onondaga
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) 406-3637 or firstname.lastname@example.org.