Every year the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) has a Cooperative Information Fair. The purpose of the NCFC Cooperative Information Fair is to encourage cooperatives to improve the techniques by which they promote their businesses, inform their members and disseminate information to the general public.
Fair judges provide entrants with a numerical and written evaluation of their communication efforts. They confirm what entrants are doing well and suggest ways to improve. These professional critiques are the most beneficial part of the fair competition.
Winning entries in each class of the 2009 Information Fair were displayed at the NCFC Annual Meeting held February 3-5, 2010, at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara, Cal.
AFC Cooperative Farming News placed in the following classes: Class #5 – Membership Newspaper, 2nd place; Class #10 – Feature Article, 3rd place for Jaine Treadwell’s article on ‘Goshen’s William Sanders Expands His Horizons on Israeli Kibbutz;’ Class #11 – News Story, 1st place for Mary-Glenn Smith’s article on ‘Coon Dog Memorial Final Resting Place for Hunters’ Faithful Canine Companions’ and Class #12 – Column, 1st place for Suzy Geno Lowry’s Simple Times column titled ‘The Right to Dry.’