Featured photo: Cumberland County Farm Bureau President Mathew Meals (center) receives the “Farm Bureau Proud” Award from Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert (left) and Vice President Chris Hoffman.

The Cumberland County Farm Bureau won seven awards, including the prestigious “Farm Bureau Proud” Award, during Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 65th Annual Meeting in Hershey.  The award is the highest honor bestowed upon a county Farm Bureau among Pennsylvania’s 54 county Farm Bureaus.

Cumberland 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, Cumberland County won President’s Awards in the areas of Policy Development & Implementation, Leadership Development, Agriculture Promotion, Services and Media Relations & Member Communications.

“The volunteer efforts of all of our farmers through their county Farm Bureaus were outstanding over the past year, but the Cumberland County Farm Bureau demonstrated the highest level of excellence in a wide variety of program areas.  Cumberland County farmers consistently participated in multiple agricultural events and built relationships with elected officials at the state, local and national level, while also expanding outreach efforts in their local community and with the media,” said PFB President Rick Ebert.

Also in the award category of 401 or more farmer members, Bedford County Farm Bureau, Butler County Farm Bureau and Somerset County Farm Bureau all received the County Board Organization award. In addition, Butler County Farm Bureau was recognized for taking second place for the Overall Achievement Award.

In the category of county farm bureaus with 400 farmer member or less, Susquehanna County was the big winner with six awards, including the Overall Achievement Award and President’s Awards for Policy Development & Implementation, Leadership Development, Agriculture Promotion, County Board Organization and Media Relations & Member Communications. Jefferson County Farm Bureau also received a County Board Organization President’s Award.  Meanwhile, the Columbia County Farm Bureau earned two awards, a President’s Award for Services and the second place award for Overall Achievement.