By early April, county Farm Bureaus will receive a report of county-specific winners from the Michigan FFA State Convention, taking place March 5-7 at MSU.
Reports will be shared on the CAM portal and copied to MFB regional representatives, agriscience teachers, and members of the state Young Farmer and P&E committees. These lists are generated to help counties build networks with their local agriscience/FFA programs; they also represent opportunities to promote your county Farm Bureau to future members.
Last year Gratiot County board members recognized state FFA award winners during the local FFA chapters’ spring banquets and mailed handwritten congratulation cards. County President Erin Humm said they felt it was important to engage those students in the next chapter of agriculture networking and resources.
“When I graduated from high school, I didn’t understand Farm Bureau was the next step to continuing the culture and networking,” Humm said. “Our county board wants to educate students on that next logical step if they want to stay involved with agriculture.
“It makes sense to engage them especially if they will be coming back home after college or tech school. Even if the students we recognize move to another county or state, we want them to know they can still be involved with Farm Bureau.”
County Farm Bureau Administrative Managers can order congratulation cards through the MFB Print Shop. Two versions allow you to customize the card to your county and/or its message.
If your board utilizes the list or needs assistance on how to engage with the local agriscience programs, contact Katie Eisenberger. We’d love to highlight your partnership with FFA to help other counties brainstorm ways to engage with local agriscience programs.