White County is the state’s top county Farm Bureau organization for 2017. Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach and Vice President Rich Hillman presented the President’s Award Nov. 30 to county president Michael Oxner at the organization’s eighty-third annual convention at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
“I was surprised,” Oxner said. “Our county worked hard, but this is not something you expect to win. But I’ve got to say that our women’s committee pulled us through. They made sure to document everything we did and made sure all of the necessary forms were completed.”
Counties competing for the President’s Award must earn a Gold Star in each of 10 categories and be a top scorer in their respective membership category. The 10 Gold Star categories are membership acquisition, organization, public relations, commodity services, governmental affairs, women’s activities, Young Farmers & Ranchers activities, member services, safety and youth.
The other finalists for the President’s Award included Cross, Stone, Garland and Baxter counties.
The Membership Retention Award went to Cleveland County. The award goes to the county with the highest membership retention percentage in the state. Cleveland County had a retention rate of 95.53 percent. County Farm Bureau president Bryan Swinney and agency manager Terry Sipes received the award from Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach.
Source: Arkansas Farm Bureau