By Jenna Mignano
It may sound a little cliché, but this happens to be my favorite time of year. First, it’s the start of the holiday season, when our families gather around the table for great meals and great conversations about days gone by.
It’s also the time of year when we gather our Farm Bureau family together at the state annual meeting—a time of fellowship, thought-provoking discussion and fun, all wrapped into one amazing event.
Every year I look forward to state annual because it provides an opportunity to reconnect with our members and provide a guiding light to our policy for the coming year.
It is member involvement at its finest.
What other organization offers a grassroots process like your Farm Bureau organization provides? The members who fill the seats on the delegate floor take the time and carry out the responsibility of our grassroots process through their involvement and discussions. It is a magnificent process to see unfold each year.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend our annual meeting, I highly encourage you to do so. I promise you will gain a new appreciation for the hard work and dedication of your fellow Farm Bureau members, and for your organization in general.
Whether it’s state annual meeting, Project RED or a Young Farmer Discussion Meet, your involvement is the heartbeat of our organization.
Over the past ten months, we’ve introduced this new publication, Farm Gate, to highlight our members’ involvement and accomplishments—and to encourage more of it!
We’ve shared some great stories from across the state about members just like you, coming together to showcase your county’s agricultural heritage through their Local History Team, volunteering at a Project RED, serving on a commodity advisory committee, growing as up-and-coming leaders and contributing to Farm Bureau’s growing strength in many other ways.
As Farm Gate continues to evolve and share your stories, we want to hear from you about how to make it even better. Just like any other component of your Farm Bureau organization, it can only improve with more members contributing their own voices. To share your ideas, please drop us a line at [email protected].
Jenna Mignano manages MFB’s Member Communications and Relations Department.