(Hershey) – The Susquehanna County Farm Bureau won four awards, including the prestigious “Farm Bureau Premier County” Award, during Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 67th Annual Meeting in Hershey. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon a county Farm Bureau among Pennsylvania’s 54 county Farm Bureaus.
Susquehanna County Farm Bureau was also recognized for earning the Overall Achievement Award for county Farm Bureaus with up to 400 farmer members. The award salutes a county Farm Bureau for its outstanding performance in the six program areas evaluated by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB). In addition, Susquehanna County won President’s Awards in the areas of Services and Media Relations & Member Communications.
“Our farmer volunteers continue to do an amazing job through the direction and leadership of our county Farm Bureaus. Whether they are organizing legislative farm tours, attending our state and national legislative conferences or hosting children and other members of the community on their farms, the grassroots efforts of our farmers is truly the strength of our organization,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “Over the past year, the Susquehanna County Farm Bureau demonstrated the highest level of excellence in a wide variety of program areas to earn the Farm Bureau Premier County Award.”
Also in the award category of 400 farmer members or less, Juniata County Farm Bureau took the second- place award for Overall Achievement and won the President’s Award for Leadership Development. Meanwhile, Cambria County was recognized with the President’s Award for Policy Development & Implementation, Crawford County Farm Bureau earned the President’s Award for Agriculture Promotion and the Mercer County Farm Bureau and Snyder County Farm Bureau tied for the County Board Organization Award.
In the category of county Farm Bureaus with 401 or more farmer members, the Wayne/Pike County Farm Bureau won three awards, including the Overall Achievement Award. Wayne/Pike was also recognized with the President’s Award for Services and tied for the President’s Award for
Agriculture Education with the Chester/Delaware County Farm Bureau. Chester/Delaware won two other President’s Awards, including Policy Development & Implementation and a tie with the Butler County Farm Bureau for Leadership Development. Meanwhile, Butler County also won a President’s Award for Media Relations & Member Communication. Bedford County was recognized with the President’s Award for County Board Organization and also claimed the second-place award for Overall Achievement in the category of 401 or more farmer members.
Listed below is a breakdown of PFB’s 2017 County Farm Bureau Award Winners from the “up to 400 members” category and the “401 or more members” category.
|Total Awards, Up to 400 Members
Susquehanna County = 4
Juniata County = 2
Cambria County = 1
Crawford County = 1
Mercer County = 1
Snyder County = 1
|Total Awards, 401 members or More
Wayne/Pike County = 3
Chester/Delaware County = 3
Bedford County = 2
Butler County = 2
Hundreds of farmers from across the state attended Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 67th Annual Meeting at the Hershey Lodge from November 13-15, to set policy for the statewide organization on issues affecting farm and rural families.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of more than 62,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.