Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has been recognized as one of the top award winners among state Farm Bureau’s across the United States for its overall achievements in 2015 with 13 national awards, including the New Horizon Award and the Pinnacle Award, during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 97th Annual Meeting in Orlando.

PFB won the New Horizon Award for the creation and implementation of a new tire sales and service program administered by PFB’s Safemark Division.  The service has generated $1.1 million in sales revenues and saved PFB members more than $150,000.  The award is presented to states with the most innovative new program.  Meanwhile, the Pinnacle Award is the highest award a state Farm Bureau can earn for program and membership achievement.

PFB received “Awards for Excellence” in all six program activity areas, including Education and Outreach, Leadership Development, Membership Initiatives, Member Services, Policy Development and Implementation and Public Relations and Communications.

In addition, PFB received “President’s Awards” in three program areas, including Education and Outreach, Policy Development and Implementation and Public Relations and Communications.  The President’s Award for each program area is presented to state Farm Bureaus who have reached membership goal and achieved the highest score among peer group states who have earned an Excellence Award.

“The awards shine a light on the hard work and dedication of our grassroots farmer volunteers and organization staff,” said PFB President Rick Ebert.  “It takes a huge team effort to achieve positive changes and address the numerous pressing issues affecting agriculture and farm families across Pennsylvania.”

Meanwhile, PFB’s educational non-profit organization (the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation) received an additional two awards from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, including the Scholar Award for providing the highest level of donations within its membership group, and the Apex Award for increasing total investment in the Foundation by 10% or more compared to the previous year.

Farmers from Pennsylvania and across the United States gathered in Orlando from January 8-13 to participate in AFBF’s Annual Meeting to set new federal policies for the nation’s largest farm organization.