County Farm Bureaus earned recognition for excellence in policy implementation, leadership, member services, agricultural education and public relations during the 101st California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Monterey. The awards were presented during a recognition dinner last night.
For county Farm Bureaus with up to 499 agricultural members, the Monterey County Farm Bureau earned the County of the Year Award. The county Farm Bureau implements a diverse communication plan to keep members informed on local, state and national issues; offers workshops on employment law; partners with a number of local agricultural groups; and participates in numerous coalitions to address current issues.
The Sacramento County Farm Bureau was named County of the Year in its membership class of 500 to 799 members. The county Farm Bureau hosts an annual farm safety seminar that provides safety training for more than 150 farm employees; holds monthly Farm Bureau University seminars on topics including estate planning, legal services and legislative updates; and manages successful discount programs it uses as a recruitment tool.
Among county Farm Bureaus with 800 or more agricultural members, the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau was honored as County of the Year. During 2019, the county Farm Bureau revamped one of its membership categories and underwent a rebranding effort that included a new logo and slogan. It also worked to improve connections with both agricultural and associate members. Through its newspaper and e-newsletter, the county Farm Bureau highlights specific local commodities and profiles the farming and ranching lives of its board members.
The Humboldt County Farm Bureau received the Innovator Award, which recognizes the most creative, forward-thinking program undertaken by a county Farm Bureau. The Humboldt County Farm Bureau organized a Resource Rally, a one-day program to encourage high school students to seek careers in agriculture. The program allowed high school juniors and seniors to learn about job opportunities and connect with professionals who could guide them toward an agricultural career path that suits their interests.
Eleven county Farm Bureaus earned recognition for outstanding membership recruitment and retention: Amador, Calaveras, Imperial, Madera, Marin, Napa, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego and Stanislaus.
In addition, three county Farm Bureaus have been selected by the American Farm Bureau Federation among 24 from across the country for County Activities of Excellence. The Humboldt County Farm Bureau was selected for its Resource Rally program. The Sacramento County Farm Bureau earned recognition for creating a mobile app. The San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation was honored for its Healthy Dinner Program, which shows adults how to prepare healthy meals using local agricultural products. The three county Farm Bureaus will exhibit at the AFBF Annual Convention next month in Austin, Texas.