Harlan County Farm Bureau won top honors for its region of the state in the 2015 Safety Challenge Awards competition during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville.
The award was given to Harlan County for partnering with numerous local emergency response teams to produce Harlan Safety Days for the county’s fourth- and fifth-grade students. Providing the students with a broad look at safety around the home, farm and in recreational activities, this event rotated groups through learning stations that examined best practices for using or being around ATVs, bicycles, boats and swimming, fishing, guns and hunting, chainsaws, weather and driving vehicles.
Harlan County Farm Bureau has also been honored for its third place finish in the 2015 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) County Information Awards competition. Don Miniard, president of Harlan County Farm Bureau, attended an awards breakfast at the organization’s annual meeting in Louisville and was presented with the plaque and cash award given for the variety of effective public relations programs she coordinated over the last year.
Mercer County Farm Bureau and Daviess County Farm Bureau finished first and second, respectively.
The County Information Awards are presented annually to recognize the best programs for member information and media relations performed at the local level. Criteria for winning entries includes developing a plan for regular communication with the county’s membership, securing news stories by local media outlets that emphasize issues important to both Farm Bureau and agriculture, hosting a media appreciation event, keeping website content updated and promoting community relations programs.
Kentucky Farm Bureau, with more than 468,000 member families statewide, is the state’s largest general farm organization. Approximately 1,500 members attended KFB’s 96th annual meeting in Louisville, December 2-5, to recognize this year’s individual and organizational achievements and adopt policy for 2016. To view all the updates released from this year’s annual meeting, visit KYFBNewsroom.com.