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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

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) 406-3637 or lindsayc@fb.org.


 

 

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