Two Ohio counties win national Farm Bureau competition

The Darke and Medina County Farm Bureaus have been named winners in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) County Activities of Excellence program and will be exhibiting their programs at the 2012 AFBF annual meeting in Hawaii. The two Ohio counties are among only 25 selected from across the nation for this prestigious honor. Both counties will receive $2,250 from AFBF to defray the costs of participating in the annual meeting.

The County Activities of Excellence program recognizes innovative, action-oriented programs conducted by Farm Bureau’s grassroots membership, and by highlighting them at annual meeting allows winning counties to share their ideas with Farm Bureau members from around the nation.

Darke County was recognized in the Education and Agriculture Promotion category. Their entry, “Home Grown in the County,” was a series of cooking demonstrations featuring area chefs and butchers designed to connect consumers with locally produced foods, build awareness of local agriculture and promote sales of local farm products. Medina County was honored in the Public Relations and Information category for their program “Season’s Harvest,” which featured a gourmet dinner fundraiser to benefit the local animal shelter. An area chef prepared a white-tablecloth dinner of local foods at a dairy farm. The function was part of Medina County Farm Bureau’s work with the shelter on animal issues of common concern.

Both counties designed their programs to help accomplish local Farm Bureau policies, build membership and develop ties with their communities. They competed against other county Farm Bureaus of similar membership size.

“Our members are enthusiastic and committed to making their communities better,” said Jack Fisher, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “We’re proud of the work done in every county, and especially proud that Darke and Medina have received this great national recognition.”

The AFBF annual meeting runs Jan. 8 – 11 in Honolulu.

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