OCEAN CITY, Md. —More than 400 members and guests of the state’s largest general agriculture organization gathered for the 97th Maryland Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention Dec. 2-4 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City.
The event was highlighted with the annual awards banquet where Baltimore County took the Silver Bowl award for its outstanding program work in the past year.
Baltimore County was one of 10 counties to receive gold ratings in all six of the program areas. The honors are given for member benefits/membership, legislative affairs, women’s leadership/agriculture education, young farmers, leadership development, and outstanding county Farm Bureau program. The other top-rated counties were Anne Arundel, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Washington and Wicomico.
In order to earn an award in any of the six program areas, county farm bureaus must submit an essay explaining how the program is communicated to members, what is the member involvement, what are the goals and planning activities and what were the results of the program and activities. The awards were judged and given a score and ranked gold, silver or bronze.
The future of agriculture rests in the hands and hearts of the young farmers. To assist in the development of their leadership skills, both personally and professionally, the Maryland Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation organized four areas of competition — the Achievement Award, Excellence in Agriculture Award, Discussion Meet and Collegiate Discussion Meet.
Brooks Long of Washington County won the Discussion Meet honor. The winners will represent Maryland Farm Bureau in the national competition at the national convention in Nashville, Tenn., in January.
Eight county presidents were recognized for their service to their counties and on the Maryland Farm Bureau Board of Directors as they retired, including Ronnie Leggett of Washington County. David Herbst is the newly elected county farm bureau president.