Here’s the breakdown on the awards given at the OFB Annual Meeting last week. Note: Tuscarawas County is listed multiple times! Butler, Carroll, Paulding and Tuscarawas counties were named President’s Award winners in the 2013 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) County Achievement Awards program. The program honors outstanding local programming in Communications, Food and Animal Issues, Organization and Public Policy. The President’s Award goes to the counties with the greatest accomplishments across all program areas.
Counties competed in classes of like-size and were judged by volunteer Farm Bureau members. Winners were announced at OFBF’s 95th annual meeting, Dec. 4 – 6 in Columbus.
Communications Gold Award winners were Butler, Carroll, Paulding and Tuscarawas. Silver Award winners were Crawford, Jefferson, Marion and Van Wert. Bronze Award winners were Adams, Hancock, Hardin and Summit.
Food and Animal Issues Gold Award winners were Jefferson, Putnam, Tuscarawas and Van Wert. Silver Award winners were Medina, Paulding, Richland and Shelby. Bronze Award winners were Hamilton, Hardin, Hancock and Knox.
Organization Gold Award winners were Butler, Carroll, Harrison and Tuscarawas. Silver Award winners were Crawford, Jackson-Vinton, Richland and Summit. Bronze Award winners were Geauga, Highland, Knox and Morgan.
Public Policy Gold Award winners were Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas. Silver Award winners were Paulding, Putnam, Richland and Wayne. Bronze Award winners were Crawford, Knox, Licking and Preble.
Collaborative Awards were presented to counties that excelled in programming done in cooperation with other county Farm Bureaus. Ashland, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Stark, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties were recognized for an ag plastics recycling program. Butler and Hamilton counties were honored for a Farm Bureau Day event, and Coshocton, Knox, Licking, Morgan and Muskingum counties were recognized for a young family farm connection program.