MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has been recognized as one of the top award winners among state Farm Bureau’s across the United States for its overall achievements in 2016 with 10 national awards, including the New Horizon Award and the Pinnacle Award, during the American farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF’s) Annual Meeting in Phoenix.
MFBF won the New Horizon Award for the creation and implementation of model livestock regulations for local Boards of Health. This program has been well received by Boards of Health across the state and one town has dropped proposed regulations in favor of this model. 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. This is the seventh time in eight years that MFBF has received this honor.
The organization was awarded Awards For Excellence in six of possible six program activity areas, including education and outreach, leadership development, membership initiatives, member services, policy development and implementation and public relations and communications. The goals of the awards program are to recognize and motivate states for developing outstanding programs, encourage their efforts in key areas and provide a resource to other states for the purpose of developing new initiatives.
“Our state has done an outstanding job at going above and beyond to develop programs and activities that benefit Farm Bureau,” said MFBF President, Ed Davidian, who farms in Northborough. “We have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers whose efforts have been recognized for the value that they bring to the organization and its members.”
In addition, MFBF received two additional honors 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 percent or more compared to the previous year.
Farmers from Massachusetts and across the United States gathered in Phoenix from Jan. 6-11 to participate in AFBF’s Annual Meeting to set new federal policies for the farm organization.
To learn more about the convention, please visit http://annualconvention.fb.
—Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation
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