County programs receive national accolades

Buckeye Farm News

Mercer County’s Grand Lake Agriculture Leadership Program and Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties’ Leadership Education and Development program (LEAD) were recognized in AFBF’s County Activities of Excellence program. Only 15 county Farm Bureaus from around the nation were recognized for innovative new program ideas in five categories: Education & Agriculture Promotion; Leadership Development; Membership Services; Policy Implementation; and Public Relations & Information.

LEAD is a 14-month community leadership education program that provided participants with hands-on in-depth leadership development experiences to expand participants’ exposure to a variety of topics including international, national and statewide perspectives on social, governmental and agricultural and natural resource topics.

Mercer County’s program was designed to develop and grow local agriculture leaders, to broaden their perspectives and create better spokespeople for agriculture. A comprehensive eight-month course focused on leadership development, agriculture marketing, human resource management, public policy and communication.

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