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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

Ag Ambassador Program, Reno

New York
Farm to Fork A-Fair, Chenango

Agriculture Experience Day, Jackson-Vinton

Drive-It Yourself Ag Tours Galore, Lawrence

Agricultural Career Days, Blair

1,001-3,000 Members

Valley's Gold, Fresno

Farm to Fork Gala, Knox

Farm City Day, Allen

Harvest for Hospice Farm to Plate, Tuscarawas

Farming Leaders, Rockingham

3,001-5,000 Members

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

  5,001+ Members 

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

Multi-County Collaborative  

Ag Unite, Butte, Stanislaus and Tuolumne

Barging Ahead for Stronger Economies, Marshall-Putnam, Peoria and Stark

New York
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



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