Washington County Farm Bureau Wins Illinois Farm Bureau’s President’s Award

Washington County Farm Bureau Wins Illinois Farm Bureau’s President’s Award

The Washington County Farm Bureau (CFB) was one of only five county Farm Bureaus to receive the Illinois Farm Bureau’s top honor, the “President’s Award”, at the 103rd annual meeting of the state’s largest general farm organization.

As part of its annual meeting held in Chicago on December 2nd-5th, the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) presented program and committee awards in recognition of outstanding county Farm Bureau volunteer efforts throughout the year.

Washington CFB won the organization’s top honor for outstanding programs in its membership category, garnering three (3) “Gold Stars”, four (4) “Silver Stars”, and two (2) “Bronze Stars” in the different program areas within the Farm Bureau organization. The President’s Award recognizes county Farm Bureaus for excelling in Farm Bureau activities throughout the year, and the county must accumulate a minimum number of points based on rankings in each program award area.

Other recipients included: Edwards, Knox, Bureau, and Will County Farm Bureaus.

Washington County Farm Bureau President Gale Koelling accepts the Illinois Farm Bureau’s President’s Award and a recognition plaque from IFB President Rich Guebert.

In committee awards competition, the Washington CFB received “Gold Stars” for the Prime Timer and Young Leader Committees, and a “Silver Star” for the Women’s Committee.

Washington County also received recognition for continuous growth in its voting membership since 2013, received a “Gold Star” for its Multi-County Project efforts (working with other CFB’s), and a “Gold Star” for the work of the organization’s charitable Foundation. Washington County Farm Bureau is a Group 2 County. Group 2 County Farm Bureaus are those with 1431-2050 members.

It was another successful year for your Washington CFB, and we thank all of our leaders, volunteers, and members for their dedication to our organization!

The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization controlled by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB represents two out of three Illinois farmers.

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