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County Activities of Excellence

Inspiring Action...Celebrating Success

Credit: AFBF 

The AFBF County Activities of Excellence (CAE) Awards celebrate unique, volunteer-driven programming at the local level. 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.

Application Process

Applications become available in June for county Farm Bureaus to enter the 2019 County Activities of Excellence (CAE) Awards program. The CAE showcases up to 24 of the top 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. They also display the amazing ability of local Farm Bureau volunteers working together to strengthen the lives of rural Americans and build strong, prosperous agricultural communities. Applications are judged based on county Farm Bureau membership groupings and multi-county collaborative efforts. For more details, see program rules and information flyer. 

Award Winners

Counties will display their winning activities at the AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show.  County award winners 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. All winners will receive special instructions on convention registration, housing and the trade show following the announcements of the winning programs. Questions can be directed to Elise Stoddard, AFBF Director of Organization Development, at

Acquire Ideas

Looking for inspiration for your own county activities, but can’t make it to convention? Check out some past successful programming by navigating the CAE archives Dropbox

Award Application Timeline

September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018

Activities Completed

June 22, 2018

Application Opens

September 1, 2018

Entry Deadline

September 14, 2018

State Approval Deadline

October 19, 2018

Winners Announced

January 12-14, 2019

Winners display at Tradeshow

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