Carrying out outstanding programming in your county as a county leader means it might be time for you to apply for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) County Activities of Excellence program (CAE). Plus, selected winners can attend the 2025 American Farm Bureau Convention in San Antonio, Texas with complimentary registrations. 


County Farm Bureaus are invited to submit applications for AFBF’s County Activities of Excellence program (CAE). The CAEs celebrate outstanding county Farm Bureau projects – unique, volunteer programming at the local level. Activities will be recognized in the areas of Education & Ag Promotion, Member Services, Public Relations & Information, Leadership Development, Policy Implementation and Safety.


Up to 24 innovative county Farm Bureau activities from across the nation will be selected to display at the 2025 AFBF Convention and Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 25-27. AFBF’s convention is the “go-to” event to meet other farmers and leaders, hear from experts, learn about new tools and trends and be inspired to step up and drive forward in 2025. 


Individual county and multicounty CAE winning entries will receive four complimentary registrations and a $4,500 cash award to be used toward travel and display costs to attend the convention.


“We’re fortunate to have strong leadership and engagement at the county Farm Bureau level that leads to an array of great volunteer-driven programs across the country worthy of recognition,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “I encourage all counties to consider applying for CAE recognition, so we can showcase the best Farm Bureau has to offer in San Antonio as we step up and drive forward in 2025.”


The deadline for counties to submit applications online for state CAE coordinator approval is Aug. 30 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.


Applications will be evaluated by membership group: up to 1,000 members; 1,001 – 3,000 members; 3,001 – 5,000 members; and 5,001+ members. Multicounty activities may also be submitted. 


Additional details and the application link can be found at Each county Farm Bureau that applies must create a unique login.


Winners will be announced the first week of October.