Cherokee County Farm Bureau was honored for its outstanding ag advocacy and promotion programs during the Georgia Farm Bureau 1st District meeting. The county received the Outstanding Legislative Program, Outstanding Women’s Leadership Program, Outstanding Young Farmers & Ranchers Program, and the Outstanding Promotion & Education Program Awards. Accepting these awards were, from left, CCFB Legislative Committee Chairman Don Keeter, CCFB Women’s Committee Chairman Molly Childs Boggs, CCFB member Ashley River & CCFB member Chris Boggs.

Cherokee County Farm Bureau (CCFB) received four awards for its volunteer programs at the Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) 1st District annual meeting, held Aug. 23 in Calhoun. William Grizzle is the CCFB president.

The CCFB Women’s Leadership Committee, chaired by Molly Childs Boggs, received the GFB 1st District Outstanding Women’s Leadership Award.

Among its activities during the past two years, 2019/20 and 2020/21. the committee served as a Partner in Education with Avery Elementary School to teach first and second graders about agriculture.  Committee members volunteered over 800 hours to increase the students’ understanding of how farmers grow their food by: reading books about agriculture both in-person and via video online; helping the students plant their school garden beds; sponsoring coloring contests that highlighted types of vegetables; hosting a virtual field trip for students to a soybean farm; and teaching the students about bees and other pollinators.

The CCFB Promotion & Education Committee, chaired by Nichelle Stewart, received the GFB 1st District Outstanding Promotion & Education Award. The committee collected  food and toys for Must Ministries in 2019 and 2020. In October 2019, the committee hosted a Farm Day for 50 school nutrition managers at Buckeye Creek Farm where the staff enjoyed a garden and fruit orchard tour while receiving information about how they can incorporate local fresh food into school lunches. The committee also hosted a booth promoting horses at the 2019 county fair and decorated the 2020 Christmas tree at R.T. Jones Library with a vegetable theme.

The CCFB Legislative Committee, chaired by Don Keeter, received the GFB 1st District Outstanding Legislative Program Award.

The committee hosted a Legislative Appreciation Breakfast in 2019 at the Art Barn Farm followed by a tour of the farm’s petting zoo and a visit to Mariposa Farms, an equine boarding & riding facility. The event gave local farmers a chance to interact with elected officials. Local, state, and federal elected officials or their office representatives. The committee held an in-person political forum in 2019 and a virtual forum in 2020 to give candidates who ran for office each year a chance to share their platforms with local residents.

The CCFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, chaired by Ben Cagle,  received the GFB 1st District Outstanding YF&R Program Award. The committee worked with the CCFB Legislative Committee to hold an in-person political forum in 2019 for Cherokee County residents. Committee members also read books about agriculture to elementary students at local schools on Read Across America Day in 2020 and 2021. The committee also supported local FFA and 4-H programs.

The GFB 1st District includes 15 counties in northwest Georgia.

Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization and has 158 county offices. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, state and national activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB offers its members a wide variety of benefits, including insurance, but enrollment in member benefits is optional and not a requirement for membership.