Registration opened Monday (Dec. 4) for MFB’s 2018 Voice of Agriculture Conference, scheduled for Jan. 18-19 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Tailored to the interests of members interested in bridging the understanding gap separating farm and non-farm communities, Voice of Agriculture aims to equip members with new gadgets and tactics for their consumer-outreach toolboxes.
Attendees are encouraged to sign up for one of the two tours scheduled for day one. The Classroom-to-Consumer tour will visit Careerline Tech Center and FFA Chapter, Byron Center Meats and Grand Rapids Downtown Market. The Periodic Table tour visits Carbon Green BioEnergy, Swiss Lane Dairy and Founders Brewery or Grand Rapids Brewing Company.
Day two starts with farm-friendly speaker Michele Payn’s motivational guidance for upgrading advocacy skills, meeting at the intersection of farm and food to practice techniques for translating what you do every day into consumer-friendly language.
Workshops and breakout sessions will dig into agricultural education, urban farming, social media and other facets of connecting with consumers. The event wraps up with “Why I Farm” road-trip blogger Natalina Sents exploring the why behind agricultural advocacy.
Members interested in attending should contact their county Farm Bureau office to register prior Dec. 15. Additional conference details are available at the Voice of Agriculture website. Contact Sara Miller for registration information or Tonia Ritter for programming questions.