MFB’s state Young Farmer committee is geared up for this weekend's Young Farmer Leaders Conference, Feb. 21-23 at the Grand Traverse Resort outside Traverse City.
Among the highlights of this year's event will be a live auction benefitting the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, a 501(c)3 with a mission of positively impacting the future of Michigan agriculture through education and leadership-based programming.
Members from all 12 districts have contributed items to the fundraiser, includeing baskets of regionally made Michigan goods, including craft brews, wine and cheeses. Other hot-ticket items include a John Deere 70-piece socket and wrench set and a farm baby essentials kit! For tractor enthusiasts a toy John Deere 9620RX will be available.
The final auction item of the night is a prize package unlike any other: a fun-filled bundle including some quality time with state Young Farmer Chair Adam Dietrich, who will accompany the winning bidder to a Spartan basketball game Feb. 25. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about Adam and his family’s operation, this is the package for you. He’s ever the gentleman and looks forward to providing the lucky winner with a one-of-a-kind experience!
Conference attendees will have an opportunity to check out items Friday night and Saturday leading into the evening banquet. Funds generated will support leadership development and Young Farmer programs.
Early-bird attendees at 2020 Young Farmer Leaders Conference will
begin their weekend Friday afternoon on one of three tours visiting ag-related
sites across the Grand Traverse region.
Saturday starts with district meetings where attendees can start getting
to know their peers from other counties in their part of the state.
Breakout sessions throughout that day and early Sunday will
address dozens of timely topics, including intrafamily relations; farm stress
and suicide awareness; business strategies; farmers’ roles in government; and advocacy
and outreach communications.
Meal functions will feature award presentations and a slate of
guest speakers including: