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Excellence in leadership, member services, policy implementation, agricultural promotion and public relations earned honors for county Farm Bureaus during the 104th California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Monterey. The awards were presented during a recognition dinner.

For county Farm Bureaus with up to 499 agricultural members, the Solano County Farm Bureau earned the County of the Year Award. Solano County Farm Bureau is being recognized for its membership growth and member engagement. It was praised for increasing the visibility of the Farm Bureau, highlighting the benefits of membership and engaging with potential members. The Farm Bureau also revived its Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee after nearly a decade. This year, it started three community garden projects, and partnered with local nonprofits and community members to adopt garden boxes in low-income areas. The Solano County Farm Bureau has increased membership by 30%.

Celebrating 100 years in 2022, the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau received the County of the Year Award for Farm Bureaus with 500 to 799 members. The Farm Bureau was featured at the California Mid-State Fair Junior Livestock Sale for the first time. The Farm Bureau made it a priority to engage with other agriculture organizations to share the contributions of the Farm Bureau. It also engaged with elected officials through in-person meetings and Zoom and YouTube sessions. The Farm Bureau also moderated a June panel discussion for a film, “Where There Once Was Water,” working with the filmmaker to ensure agricultural representation at the event.

Among county Farm Bureaus with 800 or more members, the Butte County Farm Bureau was named County of the Year among county Farm Bureaus with 800 or more members. Butte County Farm Bureau is being recognized for its member recruitment and community engagement efforts. That included a March Madness membership drive, in which new and renewing members were entered to win a gift of local goods valued at $1,000. This program renewed upwards of 100 members. The Farm Bureau also created a new Junior Farm Bureau program for kids ages 7-15. New this year, the Farm Bureau started hosting monthly meetings with women in the rural community, which included lunch and a speaker to help participants be more educated on local advocacy issues and efforts.

The Modoc Farm Bureau received the Innovator Award, which recognizes the most creative, forward-thinking program undertaken by a county Farm Bureau.

In addition, Modoc County Farm Bureau was selected by the American Farm Bureau Federation among 143 entries from across the country for County Activities of Excellence. The Farm Bureau was recognized for its collaborative stewardship agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to address forest staff vacancies in the far-Northern California region. Under the agreement, the Farm Bureau is recruiting and hiring short-term employees that work in the forest to avoid project delays as the Forest Service brings in permanent employees.

The Modoc County Farm Bureau will participate in the 2023 AFBF Annual Convention next month in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The California Farm Bureau works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of nearly 29,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of 5.3 million Farm Bureau members.

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