Farm Bureau leaders on the state-level policy development committee this week embarked on their journey crafting the slate of policy resolutions to be presented to delegates at MFB’s 100th annual meeting in December.
Setting the stage on current and evolving agricultural issues, the 20-member group heard from industry and government experts as well as Michigan Farm Bureau staff.
When they reconvene in early October, they’ll review hundreds of specific policy recommendations from county Farm Bureaus, then deliberate on what changes they’ll propose to the 400-plus delegates in Grand Rapids.
As committee chair, MFB Vice President Andy Hagenow welcomed the group and emphasized the significance of state-level policy development work.
“Take copious notes, ask questions and learn from the speakers,” he said. “The Michigan Farm Bureau policy book represents the credibility of the entire organization.”
To kick off the meeting, each committee member shared current topics they’ve heard come up in their local Farm Bureau circles, ranging from road funding to feeding and baiting and industrial hemp to continued labor challenges. Many of the guest speakers lined up for later in the day were authorities on the topics committee members were hearing about, including: