Ohio Farm Bureau Federation wins top AFBF award

Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch accepts the award from American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) received the top honor for a state organization during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 2013 annual meeting this week in Nashville, Tn. OFBF was presented the Pinnacle Award, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments in programming and membership.

Qualifying it for the Pinnacle Award, OFBF also received the President’s Award for superior programming in leadership development, member services and public relations and communications. Additionally, Ohio won the Award for Excellence in all five programming areas including the President’s Award categories plus education and outreach, and policy development and implementation.

Ohio competed against other state Farm Bureaus of similar size in the awards program.

“This shows what members working together can accomplish,” said John C. (Jack) Fisher, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “Our members, staff, friends at Nationwide and all our partners should be very proud of their organization.”

Two Ohio county Farm Bureaus, Hamilton and Wayne, were among the top 25 county programs honored with AFBF’s County Activities of Excellence Award.  Hamilton County was recognized for its program “Making Farm Bureau Relevant to the Equine Community” while Wayne County was honored for its program “Animal Agriculture Educational Kiosks.” Both Ohio counties exhibited their programs at the AFBF trade show.

Also during the national convention, Ohio’s discussion meet winner, Brad Heimerl of Johnstown, advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the national competition. Ohio’s Outstanding Young Farmer, Erik Scott of Georgetown, and Excellence in Agriculture winner Greg McGlinch of Versailles, also represented Ohio in the national contests.

According to Fisher, Farm Bureau’s goal is to make a positive difference for its members and their communities. “Awards like these validate the work being done every day by Farm Bureau members across the state,” he said.

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