"The Champions of Excellence Awards recognize county Farm
Bureaus for activity and program development, regardless of which committee conducted the work. Leadership development, agricultural advocacy, program innovation and member involvement are all trademarks of a strong and healthy county Farm Bureau that deserve to be
Carl Bednarski, Michigan Farm Bureau President
Electronic forms must be received at Michigan Farm Bureau via [email protected] no later than July 1, 2017.Announcement of district winners will be made no later than August 15, 2017.Announcement of state winners will be made at the MFB Annual Meeting, November 28, 2017.
The Advocacy award category focuses on county programs that enable members to advocate on behalf or Farm Bureau policy or educate and promote the food & agriculture industry.
Tip for success:
Tell us how your county Farm Bureau identified a critical agricultural issue, or a promotion or education opportunity, and describe how your program, event or activity addressed the issue.
The Involvement award category focuses on a county Farm Bureau's ability to involve the maximum number of members in programs. This includes volunteers to organize and coordinate the event, and member participation. Any type of activity can be highlighted, including but not limited to: legislative, promotional, educations, or social.
Tip for success:
Tell us how you involved a larger percentage of members in a program, event or activity from a previous year, or how you identified new regular members to become active.
The Innovation award category focuses on new programs, events and activities county Farm Bureaus have implemented in the past 12 months. Any type of activity is eligible as long as it was your county's first time conducting the program, event or activity.
Tell us how your county's program was innovative and provide ideas to share with other county Farm Bureaus that may want to use your idea in the future.
The Leadership Development award category focuses on county Farm Bureau activities that develop the new and emerging leaders among your membership. And specifically, how your county gets new, or different, members involved in any program area of your county Farm Bureau.
Tell us what your county Farm Bureau does to intentionally identify and engage members in activities that develop them into future Farm Bureau leaders.
1. County Farm Bureau applications must be received at the state Farm Bureau office no later than July 1, 2017. Applications can be downloaded from the MFB website and emailed to [email protected]. Electronic applications are required - handwritten applications will not be accepted.2. Applications must be complete and shall be no more than two pages long.3. County Farm Bureaus may submit only one application per award category (Involvement, Innovation, Advocacy and Leadership Development). The program or activity must have been conducted between the dates of July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.4. A maximum of two photos and one other supporting document (i.e. press release, poster, invitation, etc.) may accompany the application. These items must be submitted electronically and will become the property of Michigan Farm Bureau. Note: Photos must be high resolution, good quality and sufficiently represent the activity or program for use in promotional materials if selected as a winner.5. Entry forms received at the state Farm Bureau will be evaluated solely on the contents of the entry form by both district and state judges.6. By submitting an entry, county Farm Bureaus and their representatives agree to participate in the publicity efforts of Michigan Farm Bureau. Submission of entry does not guarantee publication.7. Michigan Farm Bureau will announce district winners by August 14, 2017. District Directors will award winner(s) at county annual meeting(s).8. State winners will be announced and awarded at the MFB Annual Meeting, November 28, 2017.9. One award winner per category will be selected in each district and will receive a $500 county grant.10. Four state award winners (one per category) will be selected from district award winners and will receive a $1,500 county grant.11. Only one county Farm Bureau per award category will be selected as a district winner. District winner(s) will then be forwarded to compete at the state level.12. It is the responsibility of the individual submitting the application to retain a copy for their records.
1. Award applications received by July 1, 2017 will be forwarded to each district for judging.2. Each of the 11 districts, as well as each Director At-Large, state Young Farmer chair, and state Promotion and Education chair will submit one representative to be placed in a pool of judges.3. District level (33): Three judges for each district, comprised of a representative from the pool, MFB regional representative and MFB staff, will review each entry in all award categories of another district as assigned by MFB. Judges shall remain impartial.4. State level (12): There shall be at least three judges reviewing each entry in each of the four award areas. Judges, comprised of one representative from the pool, one MFB staff member and a representative from an outside agricultural entity will judge applications by each award category as assigned.5. Judges will receive electronic copies of entries for their review. If necessary, judges will confer via electronic means or via telephone to agree on designation of awards.