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Innovative, Creative County Farm Bureau Programs Honored

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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