National Award Affirms Florida Farm Bureau's Success

National Award Affirms Florida Farm Bureau's Success

Florida Farm Bureau started off 2014 by bringing home a ringing national endorsement. For the second year in a row our state organization won the Pinnacle Award from the American Farm Bureau Federation.

This honor recognized Florida Farm Bureau as the best state Farm Bureau in its membership group. The award is based upon the judges’ evaluations of our major programs and activities.

I had the privilege of accepting the Pinnacle Award at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2014 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Tex. on behalf of all of our members, volunteer leaders, agents and state staff. I cannot fully convey how pleased I was to walk across the stage at that venue and acknowledge my thanks for your outstanding work in the past year.

Because of your dedication, skill and mutual collaboration we have collectively received this top award from judges who assessed Farm Bureaus throughout the nation.

Florida Farm Bureau earned the AFBF’s Achievement Award in all six categories evaluated: education and outreach, member services, public relations and communications, leadership development, policy development and implementation and membership initiatives.

In addition, our organization received the President’s Award in four of these categories: education and outreach, public relations and communications, leadership development and membership initiatives. This designation affirms that these Florida Farm Bureau programs are the best of their kind.

Our competitors in the Young Farmers and Ranchers competitions in San Antonio showed the rich blessings of talent we have among our younger members. Amanda James, Jacob and Danielle Larson and Nick and Kiley Larsen were all superb representatives of our state. I congratulate them for a job well done.

I thank all Florida Farm Bureau members who made the effort to participate in this year’s national meeting. Teamwork, illustrated by Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Company’s sponsorship of our breakfast in San Antonio, makes our organization successful.

We have already begun planning for the AFBF annual meetings in 2015 (San Diego) and 2016
(Orlando).

As we turn to take up a long schedule of public policy and program objectives here at home, I am confident that the momentum we have generated will remain with us. We have a busy agenda ahead, creating many opportunities for our grassroots leaders and our staff to apply their skills and experience.

Our state legislature, the Congress and local governments will occupy much of our attention. But we will not neglect community outreach, an activity that is a vital part of educating non-farmers about the importance of Florida agriculture for our entire society. With your loyal hands involved, we cannot fail.