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GAINESVILLEFlorida Farm Bureau has received national honors for its superior accomplishments during the past year. Officials at the American Farm Bureau have announced that the state organization earned Awards of Excellence in all categories of operation evaluated for 2012.

The awards recognized Florida Farm Bureau’s work in Education and Outreach, Leadership Development, Member Services, Policy Development and Implementation and Public Relations and Communication.

Membership growth helped to garner another prize for Florida Farm Bureau. By meeting its membership quota, the organization brought home the American Farm Bureau’s Navigator Award. These combined achievements qualified the state Farm Bureau for the President’s Award – a recognition for the best programs within specific membership categories. Florida won the President’s Award for Leadership Development and Member Services.

Florida Farm Bureau is now qualified for the Pinnacle Award, given to the most outstanding state Farm Bureau in each membership group. The Sunshine State will also compete for the new Horizon Award, a recognition for innovative programs undertaken during 2012. The two awards will be announced at the American Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. next month.

Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick said he was extremely proud of county Farm Bureau leaders, county Farm Bureau employees, state board members and state employees for their collective efforts in securing the multiple distinctions.

“I have marveled at the ability of our Farm Bureau members to overcome challenges as they reached one notable milestone after another,” Hoblick said. “Our members and staff have proven that there is virtually no limit to our strength as a grassroots organization when we pursue a collective effort.”

“They make Farm Bureau truly effective by creating the dynamic energy behind the Voice of Agriculture,” Hoblick added. “I thank them for the exceptional dedication that made these achievements possible.”

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