South Dakota Farm Bureau brought home two “Awards of Excellence” from the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting held recently in San Diego, C.A. for projects deemed outstanding by the national organization.

SDFB's "Farm Bureau Cares" trailer received an Award of Excellence in the category for Member Services.  A partnership with Farm Bureau Financial Services, this trailer is fully stocked everything needed to serve food to a crowd – including a custom-made, one-of-a-kind grill locally made in South Dakota.

The trailer has traveled all over the state, serving people affected by storms and farm accidents, as well as at social events such as Dakotafest and the State Fair.  In one year, more than 2,300 meals have been served from the Farm Bureau Cares Trailer.

The organization’s “First at Scene Training” (F@ST) video received an Award of Excellence in the Education & Outreach category, and additionally was honored with a President’s Award for being the best-of-the-best in South Dakota’s membership size category. The professionally produced F@ST video shows re-enactments of nine common rural accident scenes while veteran first-responders describe what to do to help the victim, but also to stay safe while waiting for professionals to arrive.

In its first year, more than 300 copies of the F@ST safety video have already been distributed through County Farm Bureaus, FFA chapters, 4-H clubs, local fire departments, and other civic groups. Farm Bureau estimates that more than 5,000 people have viewed this rural safety training thus far. Scenes depict accidents involving livestock handling, ATVs, overhead wires, grain bins, and more.

For more information or to purchase the F@ST video, visit this page.