The American Farm Bureau Federation will host two sessions of its Women’s Communications Boot Camp in 2020: June 9-12 and Oct. 13-16. The training is open to all female members interested in building skills needed to communicate about agriculture and for Farm Bureau.
Online applications for the summer session (June 9-12) will be accepted through March 28; handwritten and/or scanned submissions will not be accepted. Topics covered during the session will include advocacy, public speaking, communicating with elected officials, social media strategy, targeted messaging and working with the media.
To date, 210 women have graduated from this intensive training, including Fruit Ridge matriarch Helen Dietrich and MAEAP Tech Jodi Dehate now president of the Missaukee County Farm Bureau.
“The Women’s Communication Boot Camp was instrumental in boosting my confidence in speaking with groups about agriculture,” Dehate said. “As well learning how to tell agriculture's story in a way non-farmers can easily understand, I also learned how to connect with consumers in a way that builds trust — through shared values.
“I highly recommend going through this training, so if you are even remotely interested, sign up — apply!” she added. “It has been so beneficial not just personally, but also to the farmers I work with and my job as a MAEAP technician.”
Applicants will be notified of their status by e-mail on or before April 24. Applicants will have the option to have their application carried over to the fall session application pool (Oct. 13-16) if not selected for the summer session. Selected applicants must remit a $300 registration fee to offset materials, equipment and group meal costs.
For more information and to apply, visit the Women’s Communications Boot Camp page on the AFBF website. Registration costs ($300) do not include travel and accommodations.
For more information, contact Cole Staudt at 202-406-3643 or Mike Tomko at 202-406-3642.