Future Advocates for Agriculture Concerned About Tomorrow (FAACT)
AFBF Recognizes Fresno County Farm Bureau for Excellence
The American Farm Bureau Federation has selected Fresno County Farm Bureau as one of 15 county Farm Bureau from throughout the nation to be recognized under its County Activities of Excellence (CAE) program.
FCFB was selected for its Future Advocates for Agriculture Concerned about Tomorrow (FAACT) Leadership Development Program, which is a comprehensive, eight-month educational program for community leaders focusing on a wide range of issues affecting agriculture.
As part of the recognition, FCFB exhibited at the 2007 AFBF Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, from Jan. 6-10. The Farm Bureau County Activities of Excellence Program focuses on the priority areas of the organization. The five recognition categories include: Education and Ag Promotion; Leadership Development; Member Services; Policy Implementation; Public Relations and Information; and Member Services
The purpose of the program is to recognize and share successful county Farm Bureau programs and activities. FCFB and the other counties selected received $2,000 toward expenses incurred to participate in the CAE program.
Ken Tatami, FCFB’s Ag Education chairperson, has been with the FAACT Program since its inception. He attended the AFBF Conference, along with FCFB President Russel Efird, to participate in the recognition.
“We appreciate AFBF’s recognition of the program. There are a lot of people who contributed their time and effort to make sure the program works,” said Tatami. “The FAACT Program is crafted to study the many sides of the diverse issues we deal with in agriculture – not just always reacting but by trying to explore how we could best deal with the issues,” he added.
Fresno County Farm Bureau was recognized in the Member Services category.
CFBF Second Vice President Kenny Watkins presented the AFBF County Activities of Excellence certificate to FCFB President Russel Efird at the 88th CFBF Annual Meeting.
What is the County Activities of Excellence (CAE)?
Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization that has been effective for nearly 90 years, thanks to the innovative, action-oriented programs developed by county Farm Bureaus. The Farm Bureau County Activities of Excellence (CAE) Program is designed to celebrate and recognize such programs. The purpose of the program is to recognize and share successful county Farm Bureau programs and activities.