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Summer offers opportunities for county Farm Bureaus

—By Chris Fenner
Organizational Development Team

One way counties can help themselves qualify for IFB’s County Recognition Program is to sponsor interactive events at a county fair, festival or farmers market. Shown is one of the events sponsored at its 2013 county fair by the Lake County Farm Bureau. Larry Name is running the “wheel of agriculture” while Hank Wunderlink prepares to answer a question and win a prize. Photo courtesy of the Lake County Fair
 

Listed below are some opportunities for county Farm Bureaus to receive credit through IFB’s County Recognition Program for all their efforts.

If you have any questions about any of these opportunities, contact your regional manager or contact Chris Fenner at 317-692-7844, cfenner@infb.org.

Membership Section
  • Delegates and alternates should have been certified and reported to Indiana Farm Bureau by June 1.
  • Membership classification of all members in the county should be reviewed and updated by July 1.
Issue Engagement Section
  • All policy recommendations on local and state issues that were discussed, voted on and passed by our members should be submitted to Indiana Farm Bureau through the policy recommendation reporting system by June 13.
  • Policy recommendations on national issues that were discussed, voted on and passed by our members should be submitted to IFB through the policy recommendation reporting system by the June 13 deadline.
  • All policy recommendations on local, state and national issues that were discussed, voted on and passed by our membership should be submitted to IFB through the policy reporting system within two weeks after the policies were adopted locally and before the June 13 deadline.
Influential Organization Section
  • At least three member contacts should be made on a local regulatory issue such as local zoning and reported to the Public Policy Team.
  • At least two members should make contact with congressional offices on a federal priority issue and reported the activity to the Public Policy Team.
Public Relations Section
  • Man a county Farm Bureau booth at a county fair, festival or farmers market that includes an interactive element such as a game or contest.
  • At least two volunteers need to complete a shift for an Indiana Farm Bureau activity at the Indiana State Fair. (Taste from Indiana Farms, shift in the Farm Bureau Building, Pancake Breakfast on Farmer’s Day, etc.)
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