Farmers and Farm Bureau members have the reputation of being there when people are in need, and members in Fulton and Seneca counties put forth an extra effort to do just that.
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The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) recognized county Farm Bureaus for their outstanding activities and achievements during the past year at the organizationís annual leadership conference held in Columbus Aug. 10 and 11.
The exceptional work of county Farm Bureau volunteers was recognized through County Achievement Awards presented during Ohio Farm Bureau Federationís annual meeting Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 in Columbus.
Fairfield and Funton County Farm Bureaus were recognized by American Farm Bureau for innovative new program ideas in the 2011 County Activities of Excellence program. They were among 15 local Farm Bureaus selected nationally to share their successful efforts in an exhibit at AFBFís annual meeting.
While not every county could put a dollar value on their activities, we tallied at least $200,000 that county Farm Bureaus were contributing locally.
Farm Bureau members across the state are passionate about bringing awareness of agriculture to students who do not live on a farm. Some ways they do this includes in-class demonstrations, using technology for distance learning or hosting field trips for students. Here are two examples of recent agricultural awareness programs with schools.
With the primary elections over, county Farm Bureaus are planning open seat screenings for races across the state.
During county Farm Bureau annual meetings, local farmers gather to take action on the issues facing their communities.
Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau President Tom Kaskey couldnít figure out why he was asked to attend a talk about free trade in Cleveland until the speech ended. The speaker, a European Union trade negotiator, stepped from the podium and asked for a private conversation with county and state Farm Bureau members.
If youíve never been to a county Farm Bureau membership kickoff, there are a number of them to be had throughout the state.