RICHMOND, Va. — Carroll County Farm Bureau and King William County Farm Bureau were honored by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation for projects completed in their communities in 2020.
Carroll County Farm Bureau, whose president is Bennie Quesenberry, received a first-place VFBF County Award of Excellence.
The county Farm Bureau organized a call-to-action campaign with members and other local citizens to save Carroll County’s land use assessment program. By speaking at virtual public hearings, holding informative discussions with members of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, working with a special committee, and launching a direct mail campaign, Farm Bureau members helped inform county supervisors about the importance of land use assessment to the farming community. As a result, the Carroll County land use assessment program remains intact and unchanged.
Second-place winner for the County Award of Excellence was King William County Farm Bureau, led by President Charles Piersa. County Farm Bureau leaders and the organization’s women’s committee raised $4,300 to donate to local families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. King William County Public Schools helped identify 36 families in need of assistance, and the county Farm Bureau gave those families gift certificates to six local restaurants that had been affected by pandemic-related dining restrictions. Each gift certificate provided $15 per family member.
With 130,000 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 supporting Virginia’s agriculture industry.
–Virginia Farm Bureau