As your county Farm Bureau compiles its membership prospect lists, consider how your county’s Promotion & Education efforts have helped cultivate your membership:
Every one helps show the value of membership, and now as those students graduate and move toward life’s next step, it’s time to harvest some of that crop!
Counties receive the 2021 Michigan FFA State Convention’s county-specific winners report this month. They’re sent to county Farm Bureau work units, MFB Regional Managers, agriscience educators, and members of the state Young Farmer and P&E committees.
These lists are generated specifically to help county Farm Bureaus connect with their local agriscience/FFA programs, and they present an opportunity to promote membership in your county Farm Bureau.
In a normal school year, counties are encouraged to use these lists in several ways:
Last spring Gratiot County Farm Bureau board members wrote congratulatory cards to FFA members in each of their four chapters banquets.
“It is a way to engage those students in the next chapter of networking and resources,” said Erin Humm, president of the Gratiot County Farm Bureau. “When I graduated high school, I didn’t understand Farm Bureau was the next step in continuing that culture and networking. Our board wanted to educated students on the next logical step especially if they will be coming back to our county.
“Even if they move to another county or state, we hope they still choose to be involved in the opportunities Farm Bureau has to offer.”
Have questions or want to brainstorm ways on how to utilize your county’s list? Contact MFB High School and Collegiate Programs Specialist Katie Eisenberger.