By Jeremy C. Nagel
I’m pleased to inform you this month’s discussion topic isn’t nearly as prickly as last month’s. All we have for you for March 2018 is some overdue good news: We have finally stumbled upon a fix for the unfortunate stranding of CAG-related content on the digital desert island that was MFB’s old website. (Or, as some of us staff call it, our old old website.)
Monthly discussion topics and all other Community Group-related news and information that used to go in the “Loop” newsletter will now be wrapped into Farm Gate, our new publication for actively involved Farm Bureau members.
Farm Gate is a twice-monthly email digest that collects all current news and information from across the broad spectrum of Farm Bureau programming. Launched just last month (February), it’s sent on the first and third Tuesdays of the month to all active members, meaning anyone who’s served on a county or state-level committee in the past three years, and anyone who’s attended a Farm Bureau event in the same time frame.
And since Community Groups are considered “committees,” everyone in your group ought to already be receiving Farm Gate. (Assuming we have your email address, that is.)
Each issue includes feature content highlighting outstanding county Farm Bureau programs and members; a calendar of upcoming events; and links to program-related articles, organized into intuitive themes. One of those themes, “Farm Bureau Groups,” includes Community Action Groups.
And that is where you’ll find links to all current and forthcoming Community Group information, from now until the end of time! (Or at least until someone decides to overhaul the website again.)
Just to be clear, this means the CAG Loop newsletter will no longer exist on its own, as of June 5. That’s in keeping with Farm Gate’s mandate to streamline and condense the quantity of separate publications sent from home office to various groups of members. (Several other departmental newsletters have also been gathered under the Farm Gate umbrella.)
This change also means everyone in your group—not just the discussion leader—will be privy to fresh CAG material as soon as it’s available. (As long as you’ve provided your CAM with your email address)
The final wrinkle to these changes is the link (below) for submitting your discussion topic responses. The previous links resulted in an email to your county administrative manager only; the new link sends your response here to the home office first, which will then be bounced to your CAM. That means you can use the same link to submit any thoughts, questions, comments, complaints or suggestions you may want to get off your chest.
Share your responses here!