Brown County Farm Bureau receives state-wide recognition

Submitted photo Harley and Joan Vogel of rural New received the Honorary Life Membership Award in the Minnesota Farm Bureau from Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap (left) at the recent Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Bloomington.
Submitted photo Brown County Farm Bureau President Greg Bartz received the county chapter’s MFBF County Activities of Excellence Award from Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap at the recent Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Bloomington.

BLOOOMINGTON — Harley and Joan Vogel received the prestigious Honorary Life Membership at the recent Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting in Bloomington.

Only three nominees were selected for 2016, reinforcing the impact that the Vogel’s have had in over fifty years of Farm Bureau membership.

Harley has been an active director on the Brown County Farm Bureau Board for 20 years, serving in many leadership roles including board secretary and membership chair. He is strong, vocal advocate for agriculture, as illustrated by his participation in membership, promotion and public policy initiatives. Harley and Joan continue to enjoy life on their Minnesota River Valley farm northwest of New Ulm.

In the large county category, Brown County Farm Bureau won the distinct MFBF County Activities of Excellence Promotion & Education Award for their 2016 Easter Ham and Turkey Donation Program. Hams and turkeys were provided to the three Brown County food shelf locations in a joint effort with five other Brown County agriculture entities to ensure that families with financial challenges would have a nutritious Easter dinner.

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