Policy development is among the vital Farm Bureau functions chugging forward despite the pandemic. Schools are online and football’s canceled, but Farm Bureau members haven’t lost track of our bedrock, grassroots policy process.
Johanna Hopkins farms with her husband in northeastern Mecosta County, raising corn, soybeans, oats and alfalfa hay on around 500 acres. They also have a cow-calf operation, raise show pigs and fatten steers.
The Mecosta County Farm Bureau member is in her second year representing District 7 on the State Policy Development Committee.
“We are a very diversified committee but defined by a common purpose: to protect the integrity of the organization as a whole,” Hopkins said. “Farmers have stayed the course despite COVID, social distancing without changing our purpose.
“The pandemic has made everyone's life more challenging — may’ve bent us like a tree branch, but we’re not broken. Once we get through this we’ll still be a strong farmer organization — maybe stronger than before!”
Born and raised in the nursery of your own county-level organizations, Farm Bureau policy documents the collective will and priorities of its membership — you and your farming peers statewide.
With county annual meetings underway, those resolutions are being adjusted and passed up to the 21-member state-level Policy Development committee.
Its annual revision sees its next milestone later this month with the first of two meetings of Michigan Farm Bureau’s state-level Policy Development committee: