Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award
Deadline for nominations: June 1, 2023
The Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Awards, funded by the Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Endowment Fund, recognize the outstanding achievements of Michigan 4-H volunteers or groups that have exhibited excellence in 4-H youth education and leadership development in the areas of 4-H beef cattle; dairy cattle; goats; horses; horticulture, crops and soils; poultry; rabbits; sheep; swine; and veterinary science.
Honorees designate a $1,000 grant to a 4-H agricultural program of their choice and are recognized by both Michigan 4-H (currently at the 4-H Emerald Awards) and by Michigan Farm Bureau. Currently three (3) awards are given annually.
An ideal honoree will have exhibited excellence in creating learning environments where youth develop positive relationships with adults and peers; are physically and emotionally safe; are engaged in their own development; are participants rather than recipients in the learning process; develop skills that will help them succeed; understand and appreciate society’s diversity and become active citizens through service and leadership.
The $1,000 annual volunteer tribute grant can be used for 4-H volunteer training, to purchase supplies and curriculum materials, or to enhance 4-H agricultural programming locally or statewide. Honorees choose which county or state 4-H program their recognition award will go to advance Michigan 4-H youth development programming in agriculture.
Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award honorees will be recognized by both Michigan 4-H (currently at the 4-H Emerald Awards) and by Michigan Farm Bureau. Honorees will also receive a personalized recognition memento.
- Applicants need to be registered Michigan 4-H county volunteers or state level volunteers working to advance learning in one or more of the 12 eligible agricultural program areas.
- Applicants can apply or be nominated by 4-H volunteers, 4-H clubs, county or state 4-H staff members, or county or state Farm Bureau members.
- Applicants can be individual 4-H volunteers or 4-H groups, such as county or state 4-H committees or councils.
- Applicants can only win the award one year. Past winners are not eligible for award consideration.
- Applicants must have completed at least one full program year of 4-H volunteer service.
The Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award nominations will be judged by a committee made up of an agriculture industry representative, a state 4-H program staff member and a county 4-H program staff member using the following point scale: (100 total points possible)
- Biographical data (15 points)
- Advancing youth knowledge of agriculture practice and productivity (25 points)
- Excellence in developing youth for the future (25 points)
- Advancing youth service and leadership (25 points)
- 4-H club members or youth group achievement and recognition (10 points)