The opportunity to “Help, Meet and Learn” about Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB), American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), legislation that could impact Michigan farmers and about business and technology in relation to ag are all available to members through four key events in early 2019.
The meeting season for MFB members kicks off with the Council of Presidents Conference, Feb. 4-5 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. Exclusively for County President’s, the event will guide new county presidents as they take on their new roles. It provides a unique opportunity for leaders from the 65 county Farm Bureaus to share ideas with each other. And all will leave with a better understanding of current state and national organizational issues. Register by Dec. 21, 2018.
The Growing Together Conference is Feb. 15-17 in Grand Rapids at Devos Place, bringing together the Voice of Agriculture and Young Farmer Leaders Conferences. The event is open to members of any age and will provide new ideas, farm business resources, leadership development and much more.
Four different tour options are available, making stops at Michigan Turkey Producers, Meijer Corporate Offices, Feeding America West Michigan, Heeren Brothers Produce, and GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute, to name a few. And attendees will have the opportunity to hear from two informative keynote speakers.
Jay Hill, owner/operator of a 900-acre, multi-layered commercial operationwith highly diversified row crops, cattle, restaurant distribution, direct-to-consumer goods, hydroponics and more in southern New Mexico. He actively advocates for the industry he loves on social media and through speaking engagements.
Tyne Morgan, host of U.S. Farm Report, will dig into the topics not only impacting farmers today, but the factors that could play a role on their farms in the future. As farmers and ranchers find a way to survive the economic headwinds, Tyne shares stories on how resilience reigns in agriculture, and why she's bullish agriculture 2019 and beyond.
Members interested in improving their communication skills, promoting Michigan agriculture, teaching school children about agriculture or furthering their farm business with the latest technologies should attend. Members involved in county Promotion and Education, Young Farmer or Communications programs are encouraged to participate. Register by Jan. 8, 2019.
The annual Lansing Legislative Seminar is Feb. 26 at the Lansing Center, within sight of the state capital. The one-day event provides the opportunity to share member-developed policy with legislators and regulatory leaders in effort to share a better understanding of issues impacting Michigan agriculture. It also gives county Farm Bureau members from across the both peninsulas the occasion to learn from experts about proposals being considered in by lawmakers that would impact farmers. Register by Feb. 1, 2019.
The final event on the slate of winter meetings is Washington Legislative Seminar, giving members the opportunity to “agvocate” for their industry March 26-28 in our nation’s capital. The unique experience gives attendees the chance to share Farm Bureau policy with Congressional and federal regulatory leaders, meet and network with fellow members, members of Congress and their staff, and American Farm Bureau Federation staff. Register by Jan. 18, 2019.
Keep up to date with all MFB events via the MFB Events App. Download it to your mobile devices by searching “MFB Events” or “Michigan Farm Bureau” in the app stores. Desktop computer and laptop users can access the MFB Events app online. MFB members can see full calendars of state and local events online.