By Kendra Bednarski
Here in Tuscola County, we’re gearing up for an exciting 2019. While our county Farm Bureau was actually formed in in 1917, this year we’re looking forward to celebrating our 102nd anniversary alongside MFB’s 100th.
Our local history team—a great mix of members from Young Farmers to seasoned vets—have come up with some really fun ideas to celebrate the amazing things Farm Bureau and agriculture have done for us these past 100 years.
Our projects are mainly geared toward informing the public about just how important agriculture is, and the impact that it’s had in our communities right here in Tuscola County. We plan to bring agricultural facts and history in front of the public through displays in local libraries, a float to be entered in various parades and a placemat to be featured in the area restaurants during National Ag Week.
For me, this has been a great experience. I’ve only been a Farm Bureau member for a little less than two years, and it’s just been fascinating seeing how much the organization has grown over time. Our team has spent time digging through tubs and tubs of things stored at the county office, and we’ve found some really cool articles, scrap books and artifacts from over the years. It’s also been a lot of fun talking to some of the older farmers and hearing their stories.
We look forward to engaging with our members and the public while celebrating Farm Bureau’s centennial!
NOTE: Farm Gate wants to hear how your Local History Team is planning to celebrate your local farm community’s legacy in 2019. Share your thoughts and ideas with us so we can share them with all your Farm Bureau family in an upcoming issue!