It is important to work with your college and county Farm Bureau. Finding an individual, like a MSU Institute of Agriculture Technology Coordinator or agriculture program coordinator, to advise your chapter is also an important first step. From there, Farm Bureau has some planning tools to guide you as you begin planning recruitment events, running meetings and organizing a calendar of events.
Starting a collegiate chapter will require submission of a chapter constitution, that outlines the structure of your chapter. It should include sections on membership requirements, officer positions, the chapters purpose, etc. Other important chapter documents include meeting agendas and meeting minutes. These both are used to help keep the chapter organized and record the events of meetings. Contact Michigan Farm Bureau for samples and resources.
Electing an officer team to lead the chapter is imperative to a chapter’s success. Officers also help determine what the program of activities will look like as well as other influential chapter information. Some officer positions your chapter could elect include, but are not limited to:
You’ll want to be sure to work with your academic institution to figure out what type of banking system will work best or will be required for your chapter. In addition, the chapter might want to explore fundraising and partnership with surrounding county Farm Bureaus to secure program funding.
For more information, email the Michigan Farm Bureau Young Farmer Department at [email protected] or call 517-679-5444.