The Pope County Farm Bureau spent time in the spotlight during the American Farm Bureau Federation's 101st annual convention in Texas in mid-January.

The local bureau was honored for its Agriculture Career Day program, which brings in professionals to share their job experiences with students in grades 7-9. The talk about how math, science and other skills benefit them every day. The program highlights the diversity of agriculture jobs, many within students’ own communities.

It was one of 24 county Farm Bureaus from across the country to receive the organization's County Activities of Excellence award for innovative county programming.

Pope County Farm Bureau board members Kerri Mattson from Kensington, Nada Carter from Starbuck and Tiffany Kobbermann from Hancock attended.

“It was truly an honor to be recognized at the national level for the Agriculture Career Day we implemented in Pope County. Upon sharing information with counties from coast to coast, it will be exciting to see how far it expands,” Carter said.

About 6,000 Farm Bureau members from each state and Puerto Rico attended the convention, which also drew USDA head Sonny Perdue and President Trump.