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County Farm Bureaus receive awards for outstanding programming

Published Aug. 11, 2009 | Discuss this article on Facebook
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Gail Lierer (Butler), Cy Prettyman (Marion), Mike Yoder (Tuscarawas), Jayne Wallace (Harrison) & John Davis (Carroll)

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) recognized county Farm Bureaus for their outstanding activities and achievements during the past year at the organization’s annual leadership conference held in Columbus Aug. 10 and 11.

County Farm Bureau activities from the past year were judged by 38 member-volunteers from across the state on how well the planning and execution of activities utilized three program areas: Communications, Organization and Public Policy.

Communications leaders develop programs to spread information about agriculture and Farm Bureau to audiences including current and prospective members, communities, teachers and students, media and public policy decision-makers. Organization leaders develop and implement programs to advance member services, annual meetings and facilitate relationships with other groups including Nationwide Insurance. Public Policy leaders develop programs that enable members to successfully carry out work in developing and implementing policies to help OFBF members and agriculture in general.

Awards were distributed in three categories among five membership divisions.

Achievement - Seventy-two of 87 county Farm Bureaus submitted applications and received the Achievement Award for posting county membership gain of 90 percent or greater of the previous year’s membership at the time of judging.

Excellence – The top three counties in each program area/division received the Excellence Award. To be eligible, county Farm Bureaus must have achieved 91 percent of total membership gain at the time of judging.

The breakdown of Excellence Awards is as follows:

Division 1 (Less than 1,000 members)


Gold - Pike County

Silver - Morgan County

Bronze - Jackson County



Gold - Harrison County

Silver - Pike County

Bronze - Paulding County


Public Policy

Gold - Harrison County

Silver - Paulding County

Bronze - Gallia County


Division 2 (1,001 to 1,300 members)



Gold - Carroll County

Silver - Putnam County

Bronze - Fayette County



Gold - Carroll County

Silver - Pickaway County

Bronze - Putnam County


Public Policy

Gold - Crawford County

Silver - Hancock County

Bronze - Pickaway County


Division 3 (1,301 to 1,800 members)



Gold - Ashland County

Silver - Mercer County

Bronze - Fulton County



Gold - Marion County

Silver - Auglaize County

Bronze - Coshocton County


Public Policy

Gold - Marion County

Silver - Huron County

Bronze - Belmont County


Division 4 (1,801 to 4,000 members)



Gold - Tuscarawas County

Silver - Ross County

Bronze - Licking County



Gold - Delaware County

Silver - Tuscarawas County

Bronze - Miami County


Public Policy

Gold - Tuscarawas County

Silver - Delaware County

Bronze - Fairfield County


Division 5 (more than 4,000 members)



Gold - Cuyahoga County

Silver - Butler County

Bronze - Medina County



Gold - Butler County

Silver - Franklin County

Bronze - Cuyahoga County


Public Policy

Gold - Lake County

Silver - Hamilton County

Bronze - Summit County


• President – The county Farm Bureaus recognized as having the best overall programming in each division were awarded the highest honor – the President’s Award.


The President's Award Winners are as follows:


Division 1 - Harrison County

Division 2 - Carroll County

Division 3 - Marion County

Division 4 - Tuscarawas County

Division 5 - Butler County


Other highlights of the annual leadership conference included leadership training, idea-sharing sessions, a breakdown of the proposed Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, the Young Agricultural Professionals Discussion Meet preliminaries and a key note speech from former Texas Congressman Charlie Stenholm.


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