County Farm Bureaus Honored for Community Service
Three county Farm Bureaus have been recognized for programs that benefited their communities. Decatur, Fayette and Warren counties received Impact Awards at Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual convention, held in December in French Lick. These awards are given to counties in recognition of programs that enhance image awareness, membership or member experience.
Decatur County Farm Bureau
Decatur County Farm Bureau won for sponsoring a public meeting on broadband availability. According to the county Farm Bureau, Decatur County, like many rural counties in Indiana, has been identified as an underserved area for reliable broadband reception. The meeting was held in February 2019. Approximately 50 people attended, and the issue was covered by local media.
Fayette County Farm Bureau
Fayette County Farm Bureau was recognized for “History of Agriculture – Past, Present and Future,” a video produced in honor of the county’s 200th anniversary that both honors the county’s farming history and educates the community about modern agriculture. The county worked with a local TV station on the video, which was shown during the bicentennial celebration and on the TV station. It’s now available on YouTube and through the local library and historical museum.
Warren County Farm Bureau
Warren County Farm Bureau received the award for its community food assistance program, a mobile food pantry open the third Thursday of every month. The county Farm Bureau has both sponsored and volunteered at Warren County’s mobile food pantry, which serves the towns of Pine Village and West Lebanon. Each month, 15-18 people (many of them affiliated with Farm Bureau) volunteer at the pantry.
Additionally, Fayette County video was selected for the American Farm Bureau Federation 2020 County Activities of Excellence Award. Select members of Fayette County Farm Bureau traveled to the 2020 AFBF convention in Austin, Texas, to highlight their program for other county Farm Bureau leaders from across the country.