LANSING — Eighteen of the state’s most promising young farmers recently graduated from ProFILE, Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) advanced leadership development program. For more than 25 years, ProFILE has helped mold the next generation of Farm Bureau leaders by strengthening leadership skills and mapping inroads toward the heart of Michigan’s $1 billion food and farm sector.
This year’s graduates (alphabetical by county) are:
“Every time we see another group successfully complete this program, it’s an encouraging reminder of the deep talent base supporting Michigan agriculture,” said ProFILE coordinator Jenna Schrot. “With the notion of ‘sustainability’ on everyone’s minds these days, particularly in agriculture, it’s so comforting to see—year after year—how well our population of farmers themselves remains so consistently excellent.”
ProFILE’s 15-month schedule began with training in legislative procedure and politics with meetings in both the State and National Capital cities, team-building and media training. Throughout last summer, each member conducted an on-farm interview with MFB’s media team. The program resumed following harvest season a workshop focused on public speaking training.
The program wrapped up with a five-day, late-winter tour geared toward exposing participants to agriculture and Farm Bureau work in other states. This year’s trip took the ProFILErs to agricultural businesses and institutions in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana.
ProFILE graduates are encouraged to pursue Farm Bureau leadership positions at the county and state levels. More than 200 Farm Bureau members have participated in the program since its inception in 1990.