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January 12, 2014   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
January 12, 2014

Top photo, members of the Lee County Farmers Federation greet visitors to the AFBF trade show who want to learn more about the county's agricultural fair. Bottom photo, Walker County Farmers Federation President Dorman Grace and his wife, Susan, left, talk to North Carolina Farm Bureau Members Durwood and Mary Baggett about their county's "Books, Red Barns and Blue Jackets" initative.

SAN ANTONIO, January 11, 2014 – The Lee and Walker counties Farmers Federations were among 24 county Farm Bureaus nationwide recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation for innovative program ideas through the organization’s County Activities of Excellence Awards (CAE) program. The winners are being highlighted during AFBF’s 95th Annual Convention, Jan. 12-15, 2014, in San Antonio.

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.

Lee County was honored for its Agricultural Fair, and Walker County was honored for its Sharing Agriculture in Education: Books, Red Barns and Blue Jackets. Both counties had booths featuring their programs in the convention's giant trade show.

"I'm proud of my county for being here and the work its done to increase awareness of agriculture and grow our membership," said Lee County Farmers Federation President Tom Ingram.

Walker County Farmers Federation Dorman Grace greeted visitors stopping by the Walker County booth. Several state representatives requested more information about the program or snapped photos of the exhibit.

"We've been overwhelmed with folks from all over the country stopping by and wanting to know more about where we got the bookshelves, what books we used and how the project was funded," Grace said. "It's been a wonderful experience to share what we're doing in Walker County."

AFBF President Bob Stallman said programs like those in Alabama that were honored are important because grassroots members who join at the county level are the heart and soul of Farm Bureau.

“The innovative ways they reach out in their communities with information about today’s food and farming shows they are eager to engage and share their stories of agriculture,” Stallman said.

Other CAE award winners were from California, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.

For more information on the 24 winning county programs contact John Torres, AFBF director of leadership development, at (202) 406-3738 or johnt@fb.org.

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