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STATE FARM BUREAUS HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation news release

State Farm Bureaus were presented awards at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 95th Annual Convention recognizing their excellence in membership achievement and implementation of outstanding programs serving Farm Bureau members in 2013.

The Awards for Excellence are awarded to state Farm Bureaus that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in six program areas: Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications. The Awards for Excellence winners by state and category are:

Alabama (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Arizona (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Arkansas (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
California (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Colorado (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; and Public Relations and Communications);
Florida (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications).
Georgia (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Idaho (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation and Public Relations and Communications);
Illinois (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Indiana (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Iowa (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications).
Kansas (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services and Membership Initiatives);
Kentucky (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Louisiana (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; and Public Relations and Communications).
Maryland (Education and Outreach; Member Services; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Massachusetts (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Michigan (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Minnesota (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Mississippi (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; and Public Relations and Communications);
Missouri (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Montana (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications).
Nebraska (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; and Public Relations and Communications);
Nevada (Education and Outreach; Member Services; and Public Relations and Communications);
New Mexico (Public Relations and Communications);
New York (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
North Carolina (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Ohio (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Oklahoma (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; and Public Relations and Communications);
Oregon (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications).
Pennsylvania (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Rhode Island (Public Relations and Communications);
South Carolina (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; and Membership Initiatives);
South Dakota (Leadership Development; and Public Relations and Communications);
Tennessee (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Texas (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Utah (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications).
Virginia (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications);
Wisconsin (Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications).

President's Awards were presented to states from each membership-size group that achieved quota and demonstrated superiority in the Awards for Excellence categories. The winning states and the number of President's Awards earned are:

Arizona (3), Florida (4), Idaho (1), Iowa (4), Massachusetts (6), Michigan (2), Missouri (1), Montana (2), Pennsylvania (4), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (3) and Wisconsin (2).

New Horizon Awards, presented to states with the most innovative new program, were awarded to: Arizona, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

The Pinnacle Award, the highest award a state can earn for program and membership achievement, was awarded to: Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Texas. Pinnacle Award winners received a special pin to commemorate their achievements.


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