COLUMBUS-- Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties have received Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's (OFBF) top honor for their outstanding local programming.
They received the President's Award, which goes to counties with the greatest accomplishments in member strength, member advocacy and member engagement.
Ohio Farm Bureau counties competed for the President's Award and other awards as part of the County Farm Bureau Awards program. Winners were announced during OFBF's 97th annual meeting Dec. 2-4 in Columbus.
The county Farm Bureaus competed in four divisions based on membership size. Volunteer Farm Bureau members and staff did the judging. The first level of awards was Achievement, and 82 of 86 county Farm Bureaus applied for and received this award.
The second level was Excellence with the top three county Farm Bureaus in each membership division category receiving either gold, silver or bronze awards.
The top award was the President's Award and to be eligible for it, county Farm Bureaus had to have gain in both farmer and overall membership. For the Excellence Awards, counties had to have either farmer gain or overall gain in membership. Counties could submit a second program or event in one of the three categories, and some counties won two awards in the same category.
Member Advocacy Excellence Gold Award winners were Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties. Silver Award winners were Holmes, Knox, Medina and Shelby counties. Bronze Award winners were Crawford, Franklin, Muskingum and Preble counties.
Member Engagement Excellence Gold Award winners were Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties. Silver Award winners were Hardin, Medina, Morgan and Muskingum counties. Bronze Award winners were Logan, Muskingum and Paulding counties.
Member Strength Excellence Gold Award winners were Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties. Silver Award winners were Auglaize, Holmes, Jefferson and Knox counties. Bronze Award winners were Coshocton, Harrison, Knox and Medina counties.
Collaboration Awards were presented to counties that excelled in programming done in cooperation with other county Farm Bureaus. This year Collaboration Awards were awarded to Carroll, Cuyahoga, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties for their "Farmtastic Agventures Google Hangouts."
Franklin and Pickaway counties worked together on the "Agricultural Technical Rescue, Grain Bin Rescue" program while Carroll, Hancock, Harrison, Jefferson, Putnam and Tuscarawas counties collaborated on the "Oil and Water Do Mix" Oil and Gas/ Water Quality/ Nutrient Management County Exchange Program.