The Susquehanna County Farm Bureau won four awards, including the prestigious "Lock in Your Future" Award, during the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's 63rd Annual Meeting in Hershey. The award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon one of Pennsylvania's 54 county farm bureaus.
Susquehanna County was also recognized for earning the Overall Achievement Award for county farm bureaus with up to 400 farmer members. The award salutes a county farm bureau for its outstanding performance in the six program areas evaluated by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB). In addition, Susquehanna County won President's Awards in the areas of Policy Development and Implementation and County Board Organization.
"All of our county farm bureaus did an outstanding job with their volunteer efforts this year, but the Susquehanna County Farm Bureau demonstrated the highest level of excellence in a wide variety of program areas. Susquehanna County farmers have consistently participated in events and built relationships with public officials and their local community," said PFB President Carl T. Shaffer.
The York County Farm Bureau was recognized with the Overall Achievement Award for county farm bureaus with more than 400 farmer members. York County also received the President's Award in the area of Policy Development and Implementation.
The Cumberland County Farm Bureau won the second-place award for Overall Achievement in the over-400-member program area and also received the President's Award for Outreach and Education. Winning the President's Award for Outreach and Education in the under-400-member area was the Clearfield County Farm Bureau.
The second-place award for Overall Achievement for farm bureaus with fewer than 400 members went to Northumberland County Farm Bureau, which also received the President's Award for Leadership Development.
The President's Award for Leadership Development in the over-400-member category was presented to the Chester-Delaware County Farm Bureau.
Under the category of Media Relations and Member Communications, the Wayne-Pike County Farm Bureau took the award in the over-400-member section, while Snyder County Farm Bureau earned that distinction in the under-400 area.
Turning to the President's Award for Services, the Wyoming-Lackawanna County Farm Bureau won in the over-400-member division, while the Bedford County Farm Bureau won in the under-400-member area.
Finally, Franklin County Farm Bureau took top honors in the over-400-member category for the President's Award for County Board Organization, while the Blair County Farm Bureau and the Cambria County Farm Bureau finished in a three-way tie with the Susquehanna Farm Bureau for the under-400-member category for the President's Award for County Board Organization.
Hundreds of farmers from across the state attended the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's 63rd Annual Meeting at the Hershey Lodge to set policy for the statewide organization on issues affecting farm and rural families.
The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state's largest farm organization, with a volunteer membership of more than 58,300 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.