LANSING — To date five county Farm Bureaus have nominated political-minded members for the second iteration of Michigan Farm Bureau's Academy for Political Leadership, scheduled to embark in January of next year.
"We're looking for at least another 10 nominations," said MFB Elections Specialist Matt Kapp, who coordinates the program. "Our ideal class size is between 15 and 20: small enough for an intimate vibe and digging deep into each individual's personal situation, and big enough to make a real impact on Michigan's political landscape."
After a successful inaugural outing, MFB's second academy gets underway in January 2019. Aimed at members with a keen interest in government, politics and elections, the program equips members with skills and insights for being more active in government—by either running for office themselves or assisting the campaigns of others.
“We’re always encouraging our farmers to be more active in government at every level—local, state and federal,” Kapp said. “This program offers Farm Bureau members the tools they need to get more involved in government and, once they’re there, make a real difference representing agriculture.”
Topics covered include fundraising; media relations; running effective campaigns; legislation development; and the realities of everyday life as an elected official.
The academy schedule consists of four two-day meetings in Lansing and Washington, D.C., January through April, 2019.
$500 per participant, the balance of the expenses are covered by MFB.
Prospective participants must be nominated by their county Farm Bureau; more than one member may be nominated. The deadline for submitting nomination forms is Aug. 31, 2018.
MFB will send each nominee an application, and choose the most qualified to participate.
For more information, visit the academy website or contact Kapp at 517-679-5338.