Stephens County Farm Bureau finalist for award

  • Georgia Farm Bureau president Gerald Long (right) congratulates Stephens County Farm Bureau president Mark Wilkinson on the county Farm Bureau’s being named a finalist for the McKemie Award.
    Georgia Farm Bureau president Gerald Long (right) congratulates Stephens County Farm Bureau president Mark Wilkinson on the county Farm Bureau’s being named a finalist for the McKemie Award.
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    Stephens County Farm Bureau (SCFB) was recognized as one of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the state during the organization’s 82nd annual convention held on Jekyll Island Dec. 8-10.
    Led by president Mark Wilkinson and vice president Clay Black, 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.            SCFB was one of nine county Farm Bureaus to be recognized as a finalist in the medium membership category. Polk County won the state award.  
    Founded in 1937, the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization with 158 county chapters.
    As a membership-driven, nongovernmental organization, GFB serves as the voice of Georgia farmers and rural Georgia by advocating for them on legislative issues and promoting Georgia commodities.
    Its volunteer members actively participate in activities that promote agriculture awareness.
    This past year, volunteers at SCFB logged over 8,000 hours in the Stephens County school system alone.
    GFB membership is open to the public and offers a wide variety of benefits, including insurance and discounts for health services, travel and family entertainment.
    Enrollment in any of the member benefits is optional and not a requirement for membership.
    If you would like more information about agriculture, visit www.gfb.org, like Georgia Farm Bureau on Facebook @GeorgiaFarmBureau or follow on Twitter at @GaFarmBureau.