PHOENIX – The Montana Farm Bureau received the Pinnacle Award for Program and Membership Achievement at the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention Jan. 6-11 in Phoenix.  Montana Farm Bureau President Hans McPherson accepted the award during the opening session.

Montana Farm Bureau captured six State Awards for Excellence in: Agriculture Education & Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Policy Development & Implementation; Public Relations & Communications; and Membership Initiatives. MFBF won four President’s Awards for Education & Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Benefits; Policy Development & Implementation. President’s Awards are the “best of the best” and are presented for excellence in each six program areas to states by membership category size.

MFBF received the Navigator Award for exceeding state membership growth goals. Charting a course for membership growth, Navigator reflects a state achieving an accelerated pace and surpassing the established quota goal. MFBF was the second state in the nation to make AFBF membership quota. The state’s largest agricultural organization currently has 22,000 member families.

In addition, MFBF received an Apex Award which is achieved when a state has donated 10 percent more to the American Farm Bureau Foundation than during the previous year.  The donation total includes gifts from individual members, Silent Auction purchases and investments from state Farm Bureaus. 

“It’s very rewarding that Montana Farm Bureau won the Pinnacle Award along with all of our other awards. Having 35 of our members attending this convention makes receiving these awards today especially noteworthy,” noted MFBF President Hans McPherson. “We have an excellent group of volunteers at our county Farm Bureaus who have helped make our Farm Bureau membership grow and programs continually improve. I thank everyone who puts so much effort into making our state Farm Bureau successful and award-winning.”