Champaign County Farm Bureau has been chosen as a winner in the 2015 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) County Activities of Excellence Awards (CAE) program.
The CAE program showcases up to 24 of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the nation.
The CAE program identifies programs that serve as models of innovation for local activities and display the value of volunteers working together to build and strengthen their communities. The competition focuses on county efforts in education and agricultural promotion, member services, public relations and information, leadership development and policy implementation. Counties compete along with Farm Bureaus of similar membership size.
Champaign County Farm Bureau won in the membership services category for its Farm Watch program, a joint rural crime watch program between the local sheriff’s department and the county Farm Bureau. The sheriff’s department notifies the county Farm Bureau about crimes and Farm Bureau then sends an email blast to members with details of the crime. Farm Watch signs have been posted on barns and outbuildings.
Champaign County Farm Bureau will display their program, which was conducted in 2014, at the AFBF annual convention and IDEAg Trade Show in San Diego, Calif., in January.
Champaign County Farm Bureau is also invited to participate in Ohio Farm Bureau’s Community Showcase during its annual meeting in December.