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October 19, 2012   Email to Friend 

Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
October 19, 2012

The Blount County Young Farmers Committee instructed EMT teams from around the area about proper farm accident extrication during the county’s 2012 Farm Safety Day, Aug. 18. Blount County farmers Lance and Stephanie Miller hosted the semi-annual event at their farm in Boaz, where more than 150 attendees participated in hands-on demonstrations, workshops and crop tours. The Blount County Women’s Leadership Committee helped provide refreshments.
The Blount County Farmers Federation was among 25 county Farm Bureaus nationwide recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) for innovative program ideas in this year’s County Activities of Excellence (CAE) Awards program. Winners will be highlighted during AFBF’s 94th Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 13-16, 2013.

The CAE program acknowledges and shares successful county Farm Bureau programs and activities. The awards also are based on county Farm Bureau membership.The CAE focuses on Farm Bureau’s priority issues in the following areas: Education and Ag Promotion; Member Services; Public Relations and Information; Leadership Development; and Policy Implementation.

“Winners will display their programs at the AFBF Annual Meeting trade show, allowing Farm Bureau members from across the country to learn about successful programs and activities that promote agriculture within farming communities,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman.

In addition to Alabama, this year’s CAE award winners included Farm Bureaus in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. The winners are:

Farm Safety Day (Farm Equipment Extrication Education), Blount County, Ala.; Agribee, Butte County, Calif.; Rural Health and Safety – Training Events, San Joaquin County, Calif.; Emergency Response for Farm Equipment Accidents, Hartford County, Conn.; County Staff Exchange, Cook County, Ill.; Grow a Garden Feed a Family, Grundy County, Ill.; Project P.A.I.L. (Promoting Agriculture in Literature), Livingston County, Ill.

Also, Authentic Tractor Simulator, Clinton County, Ind.; Touch-a-Truck, Wyandotte County, Kan.; FarmSCool, Mercer County, Ky.; Ag Facts, Baltimore County, Md.; Schoolhouse Chicks, Frederick County, Md.; Hudson Family Fundraiser, Queen Anne’s County, Md.; Circle of Life, Ingham County, Mich.; Beginning of Life Exhibit, Livingston County, Mich.; Metro Bus Campaign, Meeker County, Minn.; 5th Graders: Farmers for Today, Ag Leaders for Tomorrow, Simpson County, Miss.

Also, Vote Agriculture in 2012, Wright County, Mo.; Share the Road: Rural Road Safety Initiative, Cortland County, N.Y.; Making Farm Bureau Relevant to the Equine Community, Hamilton County, Ohio; Animal Agriculture Educational Kiosks, Wayne County, Ohio; Farming for Life, Susquehanna County, Pa.; AgriCultural Festival: Around the World on a Plate, Greenville County, S.C.; Social Media Mondays, Dane County, Wis.; County Farm Barnyard Adventure Ag Education, Walworth County, Wis.

For more information on the 25 winning county programs, contact AFBF Director of Leadership Development John Torres at (202) 406-3738 or johnt@fb.org.

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