COLUMBUS — Twenty county Farm Bureaus were honored for outstanding programming over the past year. Their recognition as Achievement Award winners came during the 99th annual meeting of Ohio Farm Bureau, Dec. 6-8 in Columbus.
The winning counties represent excellence in local activities that support Farm Bureau’s strategic efforts. Those include programs to strengthen the organization and build membership, affect public policy, promote agriculture and enhance the organization’s relationship with long-standing partner Nationwide.
Additionally, Collaboration Awards were presented to groups of counties that worked together to create unique and effective programming.
The award applications were judged by volunteer Farm Bureau members, and counties were placed in four divisions based on the size of their membership.
During the awards ceremony, Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp said, “Every member in the county plays an important part in these programs’ success, from volunteering to serve on action teams and committees, to the planning of the various activities, to talking with neighbors about the issues that impact agriculture and how important it is for all of us to keep Farm Bureau and agriculture strong.”
The top counties:
Carroll — Substance Abuse Prevention/Got Your Back program
Crawford — Focus of Your Future program
Fayette — Farm to Fork Charity Event and War on Drugs
Fulton — Ag Adventures
Greene — Celebrating Ohio’s Apple Harvest
Hamilton — Fall Ag Day
Hancock — Kids Dream Day
Harrison — Farm Bureau/FFA Career Day and Family Chicken BBQ
Henry — STEM Teacher Presentation program
Holmes: Harvest for Hunger program
Jackson-Vinton — Agriculture Experience Day
Lake — Comprehensive Membership Campaign
Logan — Farm to Fork event
Medina — Agriculture Acres project
Mercer — Agriculture in Your Backyard program
Putnam — Shaping the Future Ag Tour
Richland — Farm to Plate event
Stark — County Fair Display
Tuscarawas — Weeding Out Substance Abuse in Rural Ohio program
Washington — Farm City Day
Collaboration awards were presented to:
Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Trumbull and Mahoning counties — Livestock Transit Member Benefit
Carroll and Tuscarawas counties — Weeding Out Substance Abuse in Rural Ohio/Farm Bureau’s Got Your Back Campaign
Crawford and Wyandot counties — Focus on the Future event.