College students with a background or interest in agriculture have the opportunity to help Michigan grow — literally. Collegiate Farm Bureau chapters have been established at 12 different community colleges and at Michigan State University.
Added as a membership type within Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) bylaws at the 2018 State Annual Meeting and operated through the MFB Center for Education and Leadership Development, Collegiate Farm Bureaus offer students the opportunity to network with peers and industry professionals, build upon career and leadership skills and develop their voices as advocates for agriculture, according to MFB High School and Collegiate Programs Specialist Katie Eisenberger.
“Collegiate Farm Bureaus create a unique opportunity for college students to engage in educational activities, career development and personal growth opportunities to build their professional resume and personal skill set,” Eisenberger said. “It’s a great opportunity for those college students who would like to continue their involvement in Farm Bureau while away at college. It might also be the first experience a student has with MFB and serves as an introduction to what opportunities are available to them at the county and state-level post-graduation.”
Eisenberger added that the 13 chapters host a variety of events designed by their members to suit their respective needs.
“Several chapters have held financial informational speaker panels and participated in public policy workshops,” Eisenberger said. “MSU co-hosts a Michigan-commodity Thanksgiving dinner with the MSU Agronomy Club, while Wayne County Community College volunteered to beautify their community with public gardens and flower beds.”
As chapters continue to build partnerships with county Farm Bureaus and local supporters, members can drive activities based on their passions and serve as a voice for agriculture on campuses across the state.
Interested college students and members wanting to partner with their nearby collegiate chapter, can learn more at the Collegiate Farm Bureau website and are encouraged to reach out to their college’s advisor:
Bay College — Jesse Traub
Delta College — Leslie Siefka
Glen Oaks Community College — Currently Vacant
Jackson Community College — Christy Mecey
Kellogg Community College — Kaite Fraser
Monroe Community College — Andy McCain
Montcalm Community College — Merry Kim Meyers
Michigan State University — Trey Malone & Aleks Schaefer
Muskegon Community College — Clarence Rudat and Lee Andrews
Northwestern Michigan College — Dale Elshoff
Southwestern Michigan College — Stacey Rocklin
Wayne County Community College District — Jackie Grow
West Shore Community College — Clarence Rudat and Jorhie Beadle