Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
For Immediate Release: November 12, 2018
(Hershey) – The Susquehanna County Farm Bureau won six awards, including the prestigious “Premier County Award,” during Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 68th Annual Meeting in Hershey. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon a county Farm Bureau among Pennsylvania’s 54 county Farm Bureaus.
Susquehanna County Farm Bureau was also recognized for earning the Overall Achievement Award for county Farm Bureaus with 401 or more farmer members. The award salutes a county Farm Bureau for its outstanding performance in the six program areas evaluated by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB). In addition, Susquehanna County won President’s Awards in the areas of Policy Development & Implementation, Media Relations & Member Communications, County Board Organization, and Services.
“Our farmer volunteers, who organize legislative farm tours, attend our state legislative conference, host children and members of their community on educational farm tours and participate in a variety of other activities, do an amazing job through the leadership of our county Farm Bureaus,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “Over the past year, the Susquehanna County Farm Bureau demonstrated the highest level of excellence in a wide variety of program areas to earn the Farm Bureau Premier County Award.”
Also in the award category of 401 or more farmer members, Bedford County Farm Bureau finished in second place for the Overall Achievement Award and won a President’s Award for County Board Organization, tying Susquehanna County and Somerset County. Meanwhile, Somerset County Farm Bureau also won the President’s Award for Agriculture Education. Washington County Farm Bureau was recognized with two President’s awards, winning the Leadership Development category and tying with Washington County for Agriculture Education. Finally, the Bradford/Sullivan County Farm Bureau was honored with the Media Relations & Member Communications Award, tying with Susquehanna County.
In the category of county Farm Bureaus with up to 400 farmer members, Centre County Farm Bureau won five awards, including the Overall Achievement Award and President’s Awards for Leadership Development, Media Relations & Member Communications, Agriculture Education, and Services. Meanwhile, Mercer County Farm Bureau won four awards, including Second Place for Overall Achievement and President’s Awards for County Board Organization, Agriculture Education, and Services. Also in the up to 400-member category, Cambria County Farm Bureau won two President Awards, including Policy Development & Implementation, and Services, while Clearfield County also won two President’s Awards, tying for Agriculture Education and Services.
|County Farm Bureau Award Count for 2018|
Up to 400 Members
401 members or More
|Centre County = 5||Susquehanna County = 6|
|Mercer County = 4||Bedford County = 2|
|Cambria County = 2||Somerset County = 2|
|Clearfield County = 2||Washington County = 2|
|Bradford/Sullivan County = 1|
Hundreds of farmers from across the state attended Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 68th Annual Meeting at the Hershey Lodge from November 12-14, to set policy for the statewide organization on issues affecting farm and rural families.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization,
representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.