AUSTIN, Texas — Maryland Farm Bureau was recognized at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Convention in Austin, Texas for their support of agricultural education and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
“The average American is growing further and further removed from the farm, yet we all rely on agriculture every day,” said Maryland Farm Bureau President Wayne Stafford. “Agricultural education is vital to ensure continued confidence in our food system, and our members recognize that.”
Maryland was one of six state Farm Bureaus honored with the Scholar Award. The award is given to the state with the highest total donations to the Foundation within each membership group.
Maryland Farm Bureau also qualified for the Leader Award, which is presented when each of the state board members donates at least $50 to the Foundation.
Chuck Fry, immediate past president of Maryland Farm Bureau, was recognized for his commitment to agricultural education and service on the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s board of directors.
Agricultural education continues to top the list each year of Maryland Farm Bureau’s priority issues, determined by county Farm Bureau delegates at the organization’s annual convention in December.
Maryland Farm Bureau policy supports the inclusion and expansion of agricultural education programs at all school levels, urging the implementation of certified/accredited agricultural curriculums in public high schools.
–Emily Solis, Maryland Farm Bureau