LANSING — After months of development, an important resource is being rolled out to newly activated county Farm Bureau Local History Teams. All team members will soon receive a new tool kit to guide their efforts in celebrating the legacy of their local farming communities.
Copies are also headed to all county presidents and administrative managers, plus members of the state board of directors. MFB Regional Representatives will each get a stack of the booklets for spontaneous distribution in the field as interested members are identified.
Local History Teams are a new, limited-term committee structure available to county Farm Bureaus; 19 are already active across the state.
“With the tool-kit rollout, we’re hoping to see teams forming in the remaining 46 county Farm Bureaus,” said Jeremy C. Nagel, MFB member communications specialist. “These teams are a vital component of the statewide centennial celebration being planned for 2019.”
In conjunction with MFB’s 100th anniversary next year, county Farm Bureaus are encouraged to add their voice to the hoopla by commemorating and sharing their unique legacies, locally.
Local History Teams are tasked with collecting, organizing and sharing the legacy of their county Farm Bureau and farming community—ideally in the form of a member event in the summer or fall of 2019. The tool kits include several event ideas, from a themed county annual meeting to standalone activities reaching out to the local non-farm community.
The tool kit is also online and downloadable from MFB100.com/resources.
County Farm Bureaus that haven’t yet appointed a Local History Team are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.
“What we’ve learned at the state level is that digging into history is fun, fascinating and absorbing,” Nagel said. “That means it can also get time-consuming because the ‘work’ of it is so enjoyable it’s easy to get lost in it.”
“A perfect team draws from the strength and diversity of our membership,” Nagel said. “Ideally you’d want the robust memory banks of a Community Action Group, some ambitious and tech-friendly Young Farmers, the event-planning skills we see in P&E, and the organizational talents you find in the policy realm.”
Regardless of their makeup, expect to see a lot more of what counties’ Local History Teams are finding and planning in upcoming issues of Farm Gate!
For more information about Local History Teams activities, contact Jeremy C. Nagel, 517-323-6585.