Farm Bureaus in the counties of Prince George, Chesterfield, Pittsylvania and Montgomery were recognized Nov. 28 by Virginia Farm Bureau Federation for their work in educating the public and promoting agriculture and Farm Bureau.
As a result of their cultivation and retention of members, and their promotional activities, the four organizations received Best in State Awards at the 2012 VFBF Annual Convention in Chantilly.
Prince George County Farm Bureau, led by President W.D. Kreider, won in the category for membership acquisition with an after-hours event it organized to inform Tri-City Chamber of Commerce member businesses about Farm Bureau. Held at the Keystone Tractor Museum, the event drew representatives from more than 50 local businesses.
Chesterfield County Farm Bureau, led by President Howard Nester Jr., won in the member involvement and retention category for its workshop and demonstration titled “Predatory Wildlife Control.” The event was held with assistance from Virginia State University to help educate producer members about practical predator control options.
Pittsylvania County Farm Bureau, led by President Jay Calhoun, captured honors for agriculture promotion or education targeting the public with an “Ag Chat” column in their local newspaper. The column, which reached more than 10,000 households, was created to share market and management information with farmers and help inform their non-farming neighbors about local agriculture.
Montgomery County Farm Bureau was recognized for its governmental relations program. Led by President Bruce Stanger, the county Farm Bureau set out to establish a relationship among producer members and state legislators. They invited farmers and legislators to a “General Assembly Review” dinner meeting, where participants could interact in an informal setting.
With nearly 150,000 members in 88 county Farm Bureaus, VFBF is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organization committed to protecting Virginia’s farms and ensuring a safe, fresh and locally grown food supply. View more convention news as it becomes available at VaFarmBureau.org/NewsVideo/ConventionNewsroom.aspx.
Contact Greg Hicks, VFBF vice president of communications, at 804-241-4633.