Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) was well represented during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 97th Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Ohio received all six Awards of Excellence, which recognize excellence in membership achievement and implementation of outstanding programs serving members. The awards are earned by states that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in any of these six program areas: Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation, and Public Relations and Communications.
American Farm Bureau recognizes the best county Farm Bureau programs through its County Activities of Excellence (CAE) awards, and this year seven of 24 of those top projects and activities came from Ohio. The county Farm Bureaus that won for their innovative programs were Athens-Meigs, Auglaize (and partnering Farm Bureaus in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Shelby and Union counties), Clermont, Fulton, Knox, Medina and Pike. They showcased their innovative programming at the IDEAg Trade Show during AFBF’s convention.
Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation also received the Apex Award, which is given to Farm Bureaus that have increased total contributions to the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture by 10 percent or more over the previous year.
Ohio’s Young Agricultural Professionals competed in three Young Farmers and Ranchers contests: Discussion Meet, Excellence in Agriculture and Achievement Award.
Elizabeth Long of London made it to the Sweet 16 in the Discussion Meet, which tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. Marlene Eick of Radnor finished in the Top 10 of the Excellence in Agriculture Award, which recognizes successful young agricultural professionals who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement with Farm Bureau and agriculture. Competing in the Achievement Award contest were Nick and Jessica Dailey of Sardinia who were judged on the growth of their farm business and involvement in Farm Bureau and their community.
Ohio Farm Bureau is the state’s largest and most inclusive farm organization with a mission of forging a partnership between farmers and consumers. Learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau at its new website, ofbf.org, and the Young Ag Professionals program at experienceyap.com.