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Innovative Program Ideas Showcased at Trade Show

NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 13, 2013 – Twenty-five county Farm Bureaus nationwide were recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation for innovative program ideas in this year’s County Activities of Excellence Awards program. The winners are being featured this week during AFBF’s 94th Annual Meeting, Jan. 13-16, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.

The CAE program acknowledges and shares successful county Farm Bureau programs and activities. The awards also are based on county Farm Bureau membership. The CAE focuses on Farm Bureau’s priority issues in the following areas: Education and Outreach; Member Services; Public Relations and Communications; Leadership Development; and Policy Development and Implementation.

CAE winners were invited to display their programs at the AFBF Annual meeting trade show.

“These successful programs and activities promote agriculture within farming communities and are a valuable resource for Farm Bureau members,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman.

This year’s CAE award winners come from 17 states: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. The winners are:

Farm Safety Day (Farm Equipment Extrication Education), Blount County, Ala.; Agribee, Butte County, Calif.; Rural Health and Safety – Training Events, San Joaquin County, Calif.; Emergency Response for Farm Equipment Accidents, Hartford County, Conn.; County Staff Exchange, Cook County, Ill.; Grow a Garden Feed a Family, Grundy County, Ill.; Project P.A.I.L. (Promoting Agriculture in Literature), Livingston County, Ill.

Also, Authentic Tractor Simulator, Clinton County, Ind.; Touch-a-Truck, Wyandotte County, Kan.; FarmSCool, Mercer County, Ky.; Ag Facts, Baltimore County, Md.; Schoolhouse Chicks, Frederick County, Md.; Hudson Family Fundraiser, Queen Anne’s County, Md.; Circle of Life, Ingham County, Mich.; Beginning of Life Exhibit, Livingston County, Mich.; Metro Bus Campaign, Meeker County, Minn.; 5th Graders: Farmers for Today, Ag Leaders for Tomorrow, Simpson County, Miss.

Also, Vote Agriculture in 2012, Wright County, Mo.; Share the Road: Rural Road Safety Initiative, Cortland County, N.Y.; Making Farm Bureau Relevant to the Equine Community, Hamilton County, Ohio; Animal Agriculture Educational Kiosks, Wayne County, Ohio; Farming for Life, Susquehanna County, Pa.; AgriCultural Festival: Around the World on a Plate, Greenville County, S.C.; Social Media Mondays, Dane County, Wis.; County Farm Barnyard Adventure Ag Education, Walworth County, Wis.

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