Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) recently coordinated a visit to Jem-Lot Dairy in Westphalia, Michigan for a group of Lansing-based state legislative and policy staff to help them become more familiar with the agriculture sector.
“In addition to working directly with representatives and senators, we work closely with their staff teams as we work to craft sound legislation and implement Farm Bureau policy,” said MFB Legislative Counsel Rebecca Park. “It’s important they too have an understanding of farm operation basics, issues facing the industry and how legislation or regulation can positively impact the agriculture economy—or if it’s poorly made—hinder it.”
The group toured the barns, parlor, calf housing, feed storage and manure lagoon all while being able to ask questions of the farm’s owners and operators, MFB Board District 5 Director Stephanie Schafer and her husband Leroy Schafer.
In addition to the hands-on experience of milking cows, feeding calves and driving the farm’s tractors, the group discussed issues including biosecurity, the milk inspection process, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development funding, the importance of agriscience education programs, the need for skilled labor, and more.