NFU recognizes members, states

Farm Forum

SANTA FE, N.M. – National Farmers Union (NFU) recognized members, county and local organizations and state divisions for excellence in membership recruitment and outreach in the past year.

“Peer recruitment is a powerful and important part of growing and maintaining membership in our organization,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “The passion and dedication these members exude for Farmers Union is something in which we take great pride.”

Gary Wertish of Minnesota Farmers Union achieved the Silver Star Award. The Silver Star Award is the highest award a member can achieve for membership recruitment in a given year.

“Wertish has achieved this level of excellence each of the past three years,” said Johnson. “His determination and commitment to bringing new members to the organization is invaluable. We are proud of his achievement.”

Individuals also recognized for membership recruitment included Holly Finnarn of Ohio, Tom Farber of South Dakota, Ben Gotschall of Nebraska, Larry Anderson of Minnesota, and Linda Riefers of Ohio. Thirty-three county and local organizations were also recognized. North Dakota and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union were each presented with the Outstanding Leadership Achievement Award for their level of activity and outreach.