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Awards & Honors

Recognizing Bright Stars in Michigan Ag

One of the highlights of the State Annual Meeting are the opportunities to shine a spotlight on some of the best and brightest among us. The annual honors and awards presentations are popular events that bring well-deserved attention to those who often work behind the scenes to make a big difference for Michigan agriculture. Here are the awards and honors that will be recognized during this year’s State Annual Meeting.

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A group of people pose for a photo on stage

Michigan Farm Bureau Young Farmer Awards

Presented during Leadership Banquet, Tuesday, Nov. 30

This attendee-favorite presentation showcases the winners from the annual Young Farmer Award program in four categories:

Educator of the Year

Presented during Leadership Banquet, Tuesday, Nov. 30

Education has a special place in the hearts of Michigan Farm Bureau members and plays a critical role in the future of Michigan agriculture. It is with tremendous pride that Michigan Farm Bureau recognizes an Educator of the Year at the State Annual Meeting. Designed to recognize an educator's efforts to incorporate agriculture and natural resources into the school curriculum both in K-12 classrooms or in Agriscience Career and Technical Education programs, the Educator of the Year candidates are nominated by County Farm Bureaus.

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3 people stand on a stage and pose for a picture while holding an award

Presidential Volunteer of the Year

Presented during lunch on Wednesday, Dec. 1

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Michigan Farm Bureau and MFB President Carl Bednarski considers it an honor to recognize one outstanding volunteer with the Presidential Volunteer of the Year Award at State Annual Meeting.

This award honors members who have exhibited a commitment to a specific program or event in their local community and are instrumental to the success of that event or program. 

Distinguished Service To Agriculture

Presented during the Annual Banquet, Wednesday, Dec. 1

The crown jewel of all MFB awards, the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award caps off the State Annual Meeting. Michigan Farm Bureau's highest honor, the DSA was first given in 1956, and recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the state's agricultural industry.