MACON – The McDuffie County Farm Bureau was recognized as one of the top programs in the state during the 2011 Georgia Farm Bureau Convention on Dec. 4-6 at Jekyll Island.
The county chapter was named a finalist for the prestigious McKemie Award – the highest honor that a county Farm Bureau in the state can receive – in recognition of the activities it sponsored during the past year to promote agriculture.
“McDuffie County Farm Bureau has done an outstanding job of promoting agriculture and the Farm Bureau in their local community this year,” GFB President Zippy Duvall said. “We appreciate the county chapter’s commitment to the farmers in their community and to our state organization.”
MCFB was one of 10 county farm bureaus to be recognized as a finalist in the 2,601-plus member division. Newton County Farm Bureau won the award for the member division. J. Robert Farr is the McDuffie County Farm Bureau president.
Earlier this fall, MCFB won the GFB 4th District Legislative Committee Award for work the committee did to maintain contact with elected officials at all levels of government, informing them of issues relevant to McDuffie County and Georgia, including immigration, environmental horticulture, trade policy and water. Donald E. “Skeeter” McCorkle Jr., the MCFB vice president, chaired the committee.
Founded in 1937, the Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. The organization has 158 county offices and approximately one out of nine Georgians is involved with Farm Bureau. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness.
GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.