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INDIANAPOLIS -- Several county Farm Bureaus were recognized for outstanding achievement during Indiana Farm Bureau's state convention.

Newton County received the "Superior Teams Achieve Results" award for its member engagement, retention and growth related to the organization's annual membership campaign.

Union County was recognized as "Superior Defender" for its membership retention rate of 98.36 percent.

Nine counties received special recognition for efforts that resulted in a significant impact or an increase in influence or clout. Impact Awards were given in four categories: influential organization, young farmers and youth, issue engagement, and public relations and education.

Influential organization

• Fulton County – Sen. Donnelly toolshed meeting.

• Marshall County – Lunch with the Congresswoman event.

• Allen County – NO to ONE campaign.

Young farmer and youth

• Pike County – Accelerating Interaction with Youth.

Issue engagement

• Benton County – Forum with Sen. Rick Niemeyer.

• Henry County – Livestock ordinance.

• LaPorte County – Sharing the Truth about GMOs.

Public relations and education

• Pike County – Farm Safety Education: Grain Storage Rescue Tube.

• White County – Family Night on the Farm.

Other counties were recognized for their work in INFB's five program areas: membership outreach; issue engagement; influential organization; young farmers and youth; and public relations and education. Counties could qualify as "cardinals," "hawks" or "falcons" (the highest level). Fifty-nine counties reached the falcon level. For a complete list, visit conv.infb.org/awards.

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