Deadline: Friday, October 14, 2016

Welcome to the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives’ 71st 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.

We will continue to honor the entry that best tells the farmer cooperative story with the seventh annual Chairman’s Prize. Also, the “Best in Cooperative Communications” award will be given to the entry that best represents excellence in its class of entry.

Winning entries will be showcased to CEOs and co-op directors at the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives Annual Meeting, to be held February 15-17, 2017, at the Marriott Harbor Beach in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Entry Fees and Forms

The Information Fair is self-sustaining. Entry fees must accompany fair entries. Checks should be made payable to the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Fees are as follows:

Video and New Media entries (Classes 31-35)—$40 members; $80 non-members 
All other entries (Classes 1-30)—$25 members; $50 non-members
Special evaluation of an entry—$40 members; $80 non-members

Fees for disqualified entries are not refundable.
The Identifying Entries Form must be completed and attached to each entry. Also, each cooperative must submit one Entry Listing Form that lists all of the entries submitted.

Who and What is Eligible

Any member of NCFC is eligible to enter the Cooperative Information Fair at the member rate. Non-NCFC member regional and local farmer cooperatives may also participate, but at the non-member entry fees as outlined above.

Eligible materials must have been produced or revised between October 31, 2015 and October 14, 2016. All entries must have been produced by, or exclusively for, the entrant.

Judging

Specialists and professors in the fields of information, advertising, promotion, audio-visual aids, and public relations from a university communications department will judge the 2016 Information Fair entries. Judges will select the top entry from each class and designate it “First Place Winner.” Other entries will be rated Second, Third, and Honorable Mention. A “Best in Cooperative Communication” award will recognize the entry that best illustrates how cooperatives can effectively disseminate information or promote their products and services, and a “Chairman’s Prize” award will recognize the entry that best celebrates the farmer cooperative story.

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