Bedford County Farm Bureau and King William County Farm Bureau were honored Dec. 3 by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation for projects conducted in their communities in 2019.
The two organizations were recognized at the 2019 VFBF Annual Meeting in Norfolk.
Bedford Farm Bureau, whose president is Dr. Amy Johnson, received a first-place VFBF County Award of Excellence.
The county Farm Bureau partnered with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office to promote driver awareness of slow-moving farm equipment and promote safety awareness among farmers. Six billboards were placed on three of the county’s busiest roads, advising motorists to “Drive with Reason, It’s Tractor Season.” The campaign was energized this past spring by the death of Bedford farmer Eddie Reynolds, whose tractor was involved in a collision.
Second-place winner for the County Award of Excellence was King William Farm Bureau, led by President Charles Piersa. County Farm Bureau members worked for several months to develop the King William Ag Vision, a description of seven issues important to local farmers. The vision was shared with 31 candidates seeking local office, and the county Farm Bureau asked for their support of those issues while serving in various elected roles. Twenty-two candidates endorsed the Ag Vision. King William Farm Bureau recognized them in its member newsletter and two local newspaper advertisements, and via social media.