107th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau

Bureau County Farm Bureau was recently recognized during the 107th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau for their outstanding programming during 2019 and 2020. The Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for recognition of outstanding achievement by individual members and county Farm Bureaus (CFBs). Counties compete for awards with other counties of similar membership size. Awards are given for five county groups:

Group I — counties with 1,350 and fewer members
Group II — counties with 1,351 to 1,900 members
Group III — counties with 1,901 to 2,800 members
Group IV — counties with 2,801 to 5,500 members
Group V — counties with 5,501 or more members

Awards given have been evaluated under the County Activities of Excellence (CAE) program. The goals of the CAE program are to recognize CFBs for program excellence, encourage and assist CFBs in setting goals and priorities, inspire and promote innovative programming to meet member needs, promote programming in key areas, and to provide a resource to counties for the purpose of developing new programs.

The Excellence Award is given to the county with the most outstanding project for each program area. Excellence Awards encompassed ten program areas: Ag Literacy, Farm Income and Development, Health and Safety, Advocacy, Local Affairs, Engagement and Outreach, Membership Value, Multi-County, Membership Value, Foundation and Young Leaders.

Additionally, three additional awards are given to recognize outstanding efforts by CFBs: New Horizon Award – To encourage new and innovative programs; Liberty Bell Award – To recognize outstanding efforts on issues of public policy impacting state and local Farm Bureau organizational priorities; Pinnacle Award – Highest-level award given to the most outstanding county in each membership group to recognize overall program excellence as it relates to the County Farm Bureau and goals and priorities. Bureau County Farm Bureau was recently awarded the following:
Group IV County Activities of Excellence Awards in Foundations and Fundraising for our “Paint the Sign” fundraiser and Membership Value for our “Restaurant Bingo” promotion. Group IV New Horizon Award for our “Silo Movie, Grain Bin Extrication Demonstration and Safety Sticker” campaign. Group IV Pinnacle Award for programs held relating to goals set for the organization.

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