County Farm Bureaus receives honors during annual meeting
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The Pike-Scott Farm Bureau was recently recognized during the 107th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau for their outstanding programming during 2019 and 2020.
The Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for recognition of outstanding achievement by individual members and county Farm Bureaus (CFBs). Counties compete for awards with other counties of similar membership size. Awards are given for five county groups; Group I, counties with 1,350 and fewer members, Group II, counties with 1,351 to 1,900 members, Group III, counties with 1,901 to 2,800 members, Group IV, counties with 2,801 to 5,500 members, Group V, counties with 5,501 or more members.
Awards given have been evaluated under the County Activities of Excellence (CAE) program. The goals of the CAE program are to recognize CFBs for program excellence, encourage & assist CFBs in setting goals and priorities, inspire and promote innovative programming to meet member needs, promote programming in key areas, and to provide a resource to counties for the purpose of developing new programs.
The Excellence Award is given to the county with the most outstanding project for each program area. Excellence Awards encompassed ten program areas: Ag Literacy, Farm Income and Development, Health and Safety, Advocacy, Local Affairs, Engagement and Outreach, Membership Value, Multi-County, Membership Value, Foundation and Young Leaders.
Additionally, three additional awards are given to recognize outstanding efforts by CFBs: New Horizon Award – To encourage new and innovative programs, Liberty Bell Award – To recognize outstanding efforts on issues of public policy impacting state and local Farm Bureau organizational priorities; Pinnacle Award – Highest-level award given to the most outstanding county in each membership group to recognize overall program excellence as it relates to the County Farm Bureau’s goals and priorities.
Pike-Scott Farm Bureau (Membership Group III) was recently awarded the coveted Liberty Bell and recognized for outstanding achievements by the Young Leaders Committee. The Committee received recognition for its ground pork distribution in 2020 and for its Harvest For All efforts.