San Joaquin, Glenn County Farm Bureaus earn national recognition
October 29, 2013
Innovative activities intended to connect farmers and ranchers with students in their communities have earned national recognition for two county Farm Bureaus in California.
The San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation and the Glenn County Farm Bureau earned County Activities of Excellence Awards, presented by the American Farm Bureau Federation. They will join 22 other county Farm Bureaus from around the country in presenting their activities at the AFBF Annual Meeting next January in San Antonio.
The AgVenture Farmers Market program organized by the San Joaquin Farm Bureau educates fourth-grade students and their parents about products grown in San Joaquin County. The program focuses on low-income schools. Volunteers visit schools and conduct a program that involves educational activities and taste-testing of fresh produce.
Students earn tickets for participating, which they can exchange for fresh produce at a special farmers market created for the school. In addition, students and parents from the entire participating school are invited to take part in the farmers market after school, and can buy produce for 10 cents each. The county Farm Bureau says the activity helps students and their parents learn how different commodities are grown, how they taste and how to prepare them in a healthy manner.
This marks the second straight year the San Joaquin Farm Bureau has earned a County Activities of Excellence Award; it won last year for a farm safety training program.
The Glenn County Farm Bureau sponsors a Breakfast at the Bureau program for high school agriculture students, to encourage them to participate in Farm Bureau and its Young Farmers and Ranchers Program. Working with high school agriculture teachers in the county, the Farm Bureau invites them to bring their best students to breakfast at its office. There, the students hear brief presentations about collegiate Farm Bureau membership and YF&R.
Noting that most local high school graduates who attend college leave Glenn County to do so, the county Farm Bureau says the program keeps them connected to the organization and shows them how they can be involved as college students and young adults.
"County Farm Bureaus make direct connections with their communities in a variety of ways, and these two programs are prime examples of that," California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger said. "Effective programs like these and many others become possible thanks to the support of Farm Bureau members who donate their time, expertise and creativity to benefit their communities."
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of more than 74,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members.
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