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County Farm Bureaus May Apply
for County Activities of Excellence Awards

A new web-based application is available for county Farm Bureaus to enter the 2017 County Activities of Excellence (CAE) Awards program. The CAE showcases up to 24 of the top individual and up to four of the top multi-county collaborative county Farm Bureau activities in the nation. These county Farm Bureaus and their award-winning activities serve as models of innovation for local program development, and display the amazing ability of local Farm Bureau volunteers working together to strengthen the lives of rural Americans and build strong, prosperous agricultural communities.

Counties will display their winning activities at the AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, Jan. 7-9 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, for each winning activity, county Farm Bureaus will receive up to four free registrations to the Annual Convention (cost of travel and housing not included) and a $2,250 stipend to apply toward the cost of travel and exhibition.

With a focus on strategic areas of organizational development, the CAE program categorizes county activities into the following areas: Education and Ag Promotion, Member Services, Public Relations and Information, Leadership Development and Policy Implementation.

Applications are judged based on county Farm Bureau membership groupings and multi-county collaborative efforts.

County Farm Bureau applications must be submitted on-line no later than September 2, 2016.

State CAE coordinators must approve and verify all applications by September 16, 2016.

Winners will be announced by October 17, 2016. All winners will receive special instructions on convention registration, housing and the trade show following the announcement.

In addition, please help us plan ahead for judging. We ask that if your state submits one to four applications you should be prepared to volunteer at least one judge to assist. States submitting five to nine applications are asked for at least two judges, and if you submit 10 or more applications, please provide the names of three or more judges. Please submit judges’ names at the same time you submit your applications for judging. State CAE coordinators will be designated as judges unless a substitute is submitted in advance of judging assignment selection.

Questions can be directed to John Torres, AFBF director of leadership development, at johnt@fb.org or 202-406-3738.

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2017 County Activities of Excellence Program Rules and Information
2017 County Activities of Excellence Judging Rubric
2017 State Coordinators Contact Information
Download the County Activities of Excellence PSA (right click, Save Target As...)

 Learn More About County Activities of Excellence by Viewing the Archive of Past Winners.