OFBF President Brent Porteus (left) accepts the Pinnacle Award from AFBF President Bob Stallman

Success in Seattle

SEATTLE (OFBF) – Seattle is known as the Emerald City, but for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) on Sunday, it was as good as gold.

For the second year in a row, OFBF was recognized as the best of the best in its membership division and earned the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Pinnacle Award for overall outstanding program achievement combined with membership growth. The award was one of many positives during a busy opening day of AFBF’s 91st annual meeting.

OFBF also earned all possible Awards for Excellence, and three President’s Awards from the following five categories:

  • Agriculture Education and Promotion
  • Leadership Development
  • Member Services
  • Policy Implementation
  • Public Relations and Information

Young Ag Professionals in Top 10 in national contests

While OFBF was busy earning big achievements from an organizational standpoint, there were certain Young Agricultural Professionals making sure they were also making a mark in Seattle.

Andy Vance and Lindsay Hill of De Graff moved on to the Top 10 in AFBF’s Excellence in Agriculture contest. They will compete in the finals on Monday morning.

Brandon and Julie Weber of Jackson are also making a Top 10 appearance in AFBF’s Achievement Award contest.

Fairfield County Farm Bureau member Cassandra Palsgrove also represented the Buckeye State in the Young Farmer Discussion Meet on Sunday.

Read more information about all these finalists and their respective competitions at this link.

Innovative counties and farmer inventor showcased

Two Ohio county programs were recognized by American Farm Bureau for innovative new program ideas in Leadership Development in this year’s County Activities of Excellence program. They are sharing their efforts in exhibits at the trade show at the annual meeting. A summary of the two programs are as follows:

Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties, Ohio, LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) – LEAD is a 14-month experimental four-county community leadership education program that provided participants with hands-on in-depth leadership development experiences.

Mercer County, Ohio, Grand Lake Agriculture Leaders Program – The program was designed to develop and grow agriculture leaders in Mercer County, to broaden their perspectives and create better spokespeople for agriculture. A comprehensive eight-month course focused on areas that are growing or in need of development.

AFBF President Bob Stallman said the winning entries are “true trailblazers.” “They offer great ideas that other Farm Bureau leaders can take home with them,” he added.

Belmont County Farm Bureau member and farmer-inventor Floyd Simpson earned a spot in the Farmer Idea Exchange exhibit for his Tag-Sav-R invention. Tag-Sav-R is a tool Simpson invented that removes ear tags from livestock in a manner that allows them to be re-used.

See a video of Simpson explaining his invention during the showcase.

View a photo album from AFBF’s Annual Meeting in Seattle.


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