Stick around Farm Bureau any length of time and you’ll see we’re pretty big on giving credit where it’s due—especially when it comes to recognizing those members who go above and beyond in the name of Michigan agriculture.

To that end, Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) annually honors standout individuals for their contributions and achievements in supporting and advancing Michigan agriculture and furthering Farm Bureau values and policy.

Champions of Excellence Award

Now is the time to receive recognition for the great work your county Farm Bureau is doing!

Following a bit of a facelift, our Champions of Excellence Awards focus on two distinct categories: Advocacy and Innovation.

A third award category, Involvement, is based on statistics pulled from our membership database on July 1; no application is required. Components of the previous Leadership Development category have been incorporated into Advocacy and Innovation.

County Farm Bureaus’ applications in the Advocacy and Innovation categories are due to MFB by July 1. One winner per category, per district will be announced by Aug. 16; each will receive a $350 grant.

District winners will then compete at the state level. Announcement of the three state winners will be made at the MFB Council of President's Conference and receive a $1,000 county grant.

More information and application links are available online.

Presidential Volunteer of the Year

MFB President Carl Bednarski knows the value of volunteers to the success of this organization. His Presidential Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes members who exhibit commitment to a specific program or event in their local community, and who are instrumental to the success of that event or program.

Nominees should be regular members who have served the entire year (Aug. 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019), leading one or more county Farm Bureau projects and recruiting others to help.

Sound like someone you know? Nominate them with this online form by Aug. 2, 2019.

MFB 4-H Excellence in Agriculture

The 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of volunteers or groups exhibiting excellence in 4-H youth education and leadership development in the areas of beef cattle, dairy cattle, goats, horses, horticulture, crops and soils, poultry, rabbits, sheep, swine, and/or veterinary science.

Honorees choose where their $1,000 recognition award will go to advance Michigan 4-H agriculture programs: volunteer training, supplies, curriculum materials, or to enhance 4-H agricultural programming locally or statewide.

Submit nominations to the Michigan 4-H Foundation by June 1, 2019.

Distinguished Service to Agriculture award

This award is on hiatus this year as we focus on celebrating MFB’s centennial. Start thinking of outstanding members who have had statewide impact for nomination in 2020.

For more information on any of these awards, visit the MFB website or contact Sara Miller, 517-679-4781.