December 19, 2019 – Recipients of various awards were recognized at Maryland Farm Bureau’s 104th Annual Convention in Ocean City, December 7-10.
Distinguished Service to Farm Bureau
Donald Cole of Baltimore County was presented Maryland Farm Bureau’s highest honor – the Distinguished Service to Farm Bureau award. Cole has been a Farm Bureau member for over 60 years, devoting decades of service to the Maryland farming community.
Agri-Woman of the Year
Mary Lou Brown of Dorchester County was recognized by the Maryland Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee as the first-ever Agri-Woman of the Year – an award which honors women for their service to agriculture and Farm Bureau. Brown received a plaque in recognition of the honor, along with a credit to attend the American Farm Bureau’s 2021 FUSION Conference.
Wilson Davis of Cecil County won the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet competition. Wilson will represent Maryland at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention in Austin, TX in January. The Discussion Meet is a competitive event that stimulates a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant.
Carroll and Washington County Farm Bureaus were recognized as Silver Bowl award winners based on the success of programs implemented within the county Farm Bureau. Silver Bowl winners are selected by a panel of judges that determine the counties with the best overall programs.
Baltimore and Garrett County Farm Bureaus were recognized for their dedication to membership growth. These counties increased their membership of farmer members by 1% in 2019. They each received a $250 bonus check sponsored by Local Seed Company.
Select Nationwide agents around the state were recognized for their exceptional service to Maryland Farm Bureau members, and their commitment to improve risk management on farms. Nationwide agents recognized were: