For Immediate Release
August 17, 2009
COLUMBUS,Ohio (OFBF) – The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) recognized county Farm Bureaus for their outstanding activities and achievements during the past year at the organization’s annual leadership conference held in Columbus Aug. 10 and 11.
County Farm Bureau activities were judged by 38 member-volunteers from across the state on how well the planning and execution of activities supported the organization’s three program areas: Communications, Organization and PublicPolicy.
Communications leaders develop programs to spread information about agriculture and Farm Bureau to audiences including current and prospective members, communities, teachers and students, media and public policy decision-makers. Organization leaders develop and implement programs to advance member services, annual meetings and facilitate relationships with other groups including Nationwide Insurance. Public Policy leaders develop programs that enable members to successfully carry out work in developing and implementing policies to help OFBF members and agriculture in general.
Farm Bureaus were also judged in five different divisions, featuring counties with similar-sized memberships.
Awards were distributed in the following three categories.
Achievement – Seventy-two of 87 county Farm Bureaus submitted applications and received the Achievement Award for posting county membership gain of 90 percent or greater of the previous year’s membership at the time of judging.
Excellence – The top three counties in each program area/division received the Excellence Award. To be eligible, county Farm Bureaus mush have achieved 91 percent of total membership gain a the time of judging. County Farm Bureaus receiving the Excellence Award include: Ashland, Auglaize, Belmont, Butler, Carroll, Coshocton, Crawford, Cuyahogoa, Delaware, Farifield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Gallia, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Huron, Jackson, Lake, Licking, Mercer, Marion, Medina, Miami, Morgan, Paulding, Pickaway, Pike, Putnam, Ross, Summit and Tuscarawas counties.
President – Butler, Carroll, Harrison, Marion and Tuscarawas county Farm Bureaus were recognized as having the best overall programming in each division and were awarded the highest honor – the President’s Award.
“Congratulations to all county Farm Bureau leaders on an outstanding program year,” said OFBF President Brent Porteus. “Their efforts continue to make Ohio Farm Bureau stronger and more effective year after year.”
A complete breakdown of awards by division and program area may be viewed by searching for “County programming awards” at www.ofbf.org.
Other highlights of the annual leadership conference included leadership training, idea-sharing sessions, a breakdown of the Ohioans for Livestock Care campaign, the Young Agricultural Professionals Discussion Meet preliminaries and a key note speech from former Texas Congressman Charlie Stenholm.
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