The Cherokee County Farm Bureau received the Georgia Farm Bureau Outstanding Legislative Program Award during the organization’s 76th annual convention, which convened Dec. 8 to 10 on Jekyll Island.
The committee competed against committees from nine other districts for the state honor. CCFB Vice President Len Cagle chairs the committee.
CCFB will receive one paid trip for the 2014 Georgia Farm Bureau Presidents Trip to Washington, D.C., for winning the state award. William Grizzle is president of the CCFB.
The CCFB Legislative Committee was honored for its efforts to establish relationships with area legislative representatives and its work to advocate the legislative interests of Cherokee County’s agricultural community.
Earlier this year, the committee worked with the Chamber of Commerce to hold a political forum to allow Farm Bureau members and the general public an opportunity to interact with elected officials and candidates running for office. The event drew more than 225 guests, 15 candidates and 20 elected officials running for a variety of offices.
CCFB was also recognized during the convention for being one of 10 finalists for the GFB McKemie Award in the organization’s “2,231-plus” member category. The McKemie Award is the highest honor that a county Farm Bureau can receive in recognition of the activities it sponsored during the past year to promote agriculture.
Founded in 1937, the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization. The organization has 158 county chapters. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors.
GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.