MARLBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – Jan. 19, 2022 – A Rutland livestock farmer and Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Vice President Ryan MacKay was awarded second place in American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF’s) achievement award competition last week. This competition evaluates competitor's excellence in management, growth and scope of their enterprise and self-initiative that have been displayed throughout the farm or ranch.
“I am very honored to have received this award,” MacKay said. “I’ve been considering applying for a number of years and this year the timing felt right with my busines growth and leadership development. I appreciate everyone who helped me get to this point in my career and am looking forward to the future.”
He was presented this honor during AFBF’s Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to MacKay, four other MFBF members were in attendance of the meeting, during which they could conduct business on the trade show floor, expand their knowledge at educational workshops and network with their peers. This event also gave Farm Bureau members the opportunity to gather and learn about advancements in agriculture and discuss ways to promote the future of agriculture.
“In 2021, this event was held virtually, which created an opportunity for farmers who don’t travel to attend the annual event,” MacKay said. “But it is good to gather in person again this year and re-connect with old and new friends from across the country. We get to network with like-minded farmers, who help us discover new solutions to old problems that we encounter on a day-to-day basis.”