Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
For Immediate Release: November 18, 2019
|Butler County Farm Bureau President Larry Voll (center) accepts the prestigious Premier County Award from PFB President Rick Ebert (right) and PFB Vice President Chris Hoffman during the County Recognition Dinner at PFB’s Annual Meeting in Hershey.|
(Hershey) - The Butler County Farm Bureau won five awards, including the prestigious “Premier County Award,” during Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 69th Annual Meeting in Hershey. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon a county Farm Bureau among Pennsylvania’s 54 county Farm Bureaus.
Butler 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, Butler County won three President’s Awards in the areas of Agriculture Education, Media Relations & Member Communications and County Board Organization.
“Whether they are organizing legislative farm tours, attending our state legislative conference and meeting with elected officials, hosting children and members of their local communities on educational farm tours or participating in a variety of other activities, our farmer volunteers do an amazing job of representing agriculture through the leadership of our county Farm Bureaus,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “Over the past year, the Butler 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, Susquehanna County Farm Bureau finished in second place for the Overall Achievement Award and won two President’s Award for Services and Media Relations & Member Communications. Meanwhile, the Chester/Delaware County Farm Bureau won four President’s Awards, including County Board Organization, Leadership Development, Policy Development & Implementation and Agriculture Education. Also in this category, the Bradford/Sullivan County Farm Bureau won a President’s Award for Media Relations & Member Communications, while the Wayne/Pike County Farm Bureau took home a President’s Award for Agriculture Education.
In the category of county Farm Bureaus with up to 400 farmer members, Lycoming County Farm Bureau won three awards, including first place for the Overall Achievement Award and President’s Awards for Agriculture Education and Media Relations & Member Communications. Meanwhile, Clinton County Farm Bureau won three awards, including Second Place for Overall Achievement and President’s Awards for County Board Organization and Agriculture Education. Also in the category of up to 400 farmer members, President’s Awards were earned by Columbia County Farm Bureau for Services, Greene County Farm Bureau for Leadership Development, McKean/Potter County Farm Bureau for Policy Development & Implementation and Mercer County Farm Bureau for Agriculture Education.
County Farm Bureau Award Count for 2019
Total Awards, Up to 400 Member
Lycoming County = 3
Total Awards, 401 members or More
Butler County = 5
Editor’s Note: Multiple county Farm Bureaus tied for President’s awards.
Hundreds of farmers from across the state attended Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 69th Annual Meeting at the Hershey Lodge from November 18-20, 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.