"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, 2018.Announcement of district winners will be made no later than August 15, 2018.Announcement of state winners will be made at the MFB Annual Meeting, November 27, 2018.
The Champions of Excellence Awards received a facelift, and will feature two award applications, Advocacy and Innovation. The previous Involvement application will now be selected by numbers pulled directly from county dashboards. Leadership Development has been integrated into the Advocacy and Innovation applications.
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 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.
1. Award applications received by July 1, 2018 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.