County Farm Bureaus honored for outstanding local programming

Carroll, Hancock, Harrison and Tuscarawas counties have received Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s President’s Award, the top honor for outstanding local programming. The President’s Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in member strength, member advocacy and member engagement programs. The winners were honored during OFBF’s 98th annual meeting Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 in Columbus.

County Farm Bureaus competed in four divisions based on membership size. Volunteer Farm Bureau members did the judging. The first level of awards was Achievement, and 76 of 86 county Farm Bureaus applied for and received this award. The second level was Excellence with the top three county Farm Bureaus in each membership division category receiving either gold, silver or bronze awards.

To be eligible for the President’s Award, in addition to exceptional programming, the county Farm Bureau had to have gain in both active and overall membership. For the Excellence Awards, counties had to have either active gain or overall gain in membership. Counties could submit a second program or event in one of the three categories, and some counties won two awards in the same category.

Member Advocacy Excellence Gold Award winners were Carroll, Hancock, Harrison and Licking counties. Silver winners were Fulton, Hancock, Paulding and Tuscarawas counties. Bronze winners were Knox, Sandusky and Van Wert counties.

Member Engagement Achievement Gold Award winners were Carroll, Hancock, Paulding and Tuscarawas counties. Silver winners were Carroll, Knox, Licking and Van Wert counties. Bronze winners were Fulton and Paulding counties.

Member Strength Achievement Gold Award winners were Carroll, Hancock, Harrison and Tuscarawas counties. Silver winners were Harrison, Knox, Sandusky and Tuscarawas counties. Bronze winners were Fulton, Knox, Licking and Morgan counties.

Three multiple county awards also were presented. The “Collaborative Awards” were presented to groups of counties that worked together on special projects or programs.  Recipients were Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Tuscarawas and Cuyahoga counties for their Farmtastic Agventures Google Hangout; Darke and Mercer counties for their Emerging Agricultural Leaders Conference and Carroll, Harrison and Tuscarawas Counties for the Keep Calm and Stay Safe program.

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