The Hancock County Farm Bureau announced in a release that it has been designated a 2019 Outstanding County Farm Bureau by Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF).
According to the release, the award is for commitment to the local community and advocacy for rural issues. Hancock County Farm Bureau former president Mike Hejlik of Britt has earned the opportunity to provide a $2,500 donation to a local organization or charity and has selected North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom to receive this award.
This year, Farm Bureaus across the state were able to help contribute more than one million meals for food insecure Iowans during the pandemic and assisted with acquiring personal protective equipment for healthcare workers, according to the release.
After an unprecedented derecho weather event swept across much of Iowa, farm leaders worked to donate essential supplies to those without power and helped their communities with cleanup efforts.
“This year has tested the resilience, adaptability and dedication of our Farm Bureau members who have continued to show up and demonstrate leadership during a time of need,” said IFBF President Craig Hill in the release. “It is a privilege to recognize this leadership and provide an additional opportunity for county Farm Bureau presidents to give back to their communities.”
Hejlik is a farmer who also serves as a local EMT in Britt. The former Hancock County Farm Bureau president was awarded an incentive trip, but his trip to Amsterdam was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and he was instead given the opportunity to make a charitable donation to the organization of his choosing.
Hancock County Farm Bureau Outreach Coordinator Jennifer Olson noted that the local Farm Bureau has "worked hand in hand with Ag in the Classroom for many years." The program is a valuable educational resource for students to learn about agriculture throughout Iowa and the nation, she added.
Rob Hillesland is community editor for the Summit-Tribune. He can be reached at 641-421-0534, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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