County of Monmouth

May 25, 2018

New Jersey Future Farmers of America Awards
Monmouth County Division of Economic Development
with Distinguished Service Award
Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian Burry also given Honorary FFA Degree

FREEHOLD, NJ –Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone accepted the 2018 Future Farmers of America (FFA) 2018 Distinguished Service Award for Monmouth County Division of Economic Development’s Grown in Monmouth program at the 89th Annual State FFA Convention on May 24, 2018.

Grown in Monmouth is a program supported by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders that is designed to help retain and grow the county’s agriculture industry. The program identifies new markets and connects growers with consumers to develop a preference for Monmouth County agricultural products, activities and services.

“I would like to thank the Allentown Chapter of FFA and the State Association for giving our program the 2018 NJ FFA Distinguished Service Award.” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “We are very fortunate to have active and talented FFA chapters in Monmouth County that work to grow our agricultural industry.”

In addition, Freeholder Deputy Directory Lillian G. Burry was presented with the 2018 Honorary State FFA Degree, in recognition of her significant contributions to the FFA and school-based food, agriculture and natural resources education in New Jersey.

“I thank the FFA for this honor and remain a stalwart supporter as future generations are prepared to meet the challenges of feeding a growing population. The FFA teaches us that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting – it’s a science, it’s a business and it’s an art. I look forward to working together in a collaborative effort to support agriculture and farming in Monmouth County,” said Deputy Director Burry.

Members of the public can see FFA members and advisors in action at the Monmouth County Fair from July 25 to July 29 as they educate the public through interactive displays and raise money to help support their programs.

For more information on produce, farmers markets wineries, agricultural activities and more, visit or contact the Monmouth County Division of Economic Development at 732-431-7470.

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