Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
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For Immediate Release:  January 16, 2017


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Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert (left) receives the prestigious Pinnacle Award from American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall during AFBF's 98th Annual Meeting in Phoenix. PFB received 11 total awards, including three President's Awards.

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Representatives of the Blair County Farm Bureau hosted an exhibit area to showcase their Agriculture Career Day event, which was recognized with a County Activities of Excellence award during the American Farm Bureau Federation's 98th Annual Meeting in Phoenix . AFBF President Zippy Duvall presented the award to several members of the Blair County Farm Bureau and posed for a photo along with (from left to right) Jim Crawford, Rachel Detwiler, Zippy Duvall, Dave Hileman and Joe Diamond.

   (Phoenix, AZ) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has been recognized with 11 national awards for its overall achievements in 2016, including the prestigious Pinnacle Award, during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 98th Annual Meeting in Phoenix.  

     The Pinnacle Award is the highest award a state Farm Bureau can earn for program and membership achievement.

     PFB also received “Awards for Excellence" in all six program activity areas, including Education & Outreach, Leadership Development, Member Benefits, Membership Initiatives, Policy Development & Implementation and Public Relations & Communications.   

     In addition, PFB received “President’s Awards” in three program areas, including Leadership Development, Member Benefits and Membership Initiatives. The President's Award for each program area is presented to state Farm Bureaus that have reached membership goal and achieved the highest score among peer group states that earned an Excellence Award.

     “It takes a huge team effort to reach the level of success we achieved in 2016,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “The awards shine a light on the hard work and dedication of our grassroots farmer volunteers and organization staff to address pressing issues affecting agriculture and farm families across Pennsylvania.”

     PFB’s educational non-profit organization, the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, was presented the Scholar Award by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The Scholar Award recognizes the state Farm Bureau that has provided the highest level of donations within its membership group.

     Meanwhile, the Blair County (PA) Farm Bureau hosted an exhibit area focusing on its Agriculture Career Days event during the annual convention and the IDEAg Trade Show in Phoenix.  Blair County Farm Bureau career day event was previously recognized by AFBF with a County Activities of Excellence (CAE) award.   

     Farmers from Pennsylvania and across the United States gathered in Phoenix from January 6-11 to participate in AFBF’s Annual Meeting to set new federal policies for the nation’s largest farm organization.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization
with a volunteer membership of nearly 62,000 farm and rural families,
representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.