Contact: Emily Reinart, 517-679-5337; Jenna Schrot, 517-323-6552
LANSING — Michigan Farm Bureau’s premier leadership development program is looking for new participants for its 2018-19 class. Farm Bureau’s Institute for Leadership Education— ProFILE—sharpens participants’ leadership skills and helps focus their abilities to impact agricultural issues today and into the future.
The program is designed to enhance participants’ key leadership skills and instill a sense of pride in the Farm Bureau organization. Since its inception in 1990, ProFILE has established a proven track record of equipping its participants with a versatile tool kit of practical leadership skills:
Mecosta County farmer and agritourism operator Natalie Pennington was among ProFILE’s latest class.
“I didn’t truly understand what ProFILE was about until after I joined,” Pennington said. “The program exposed me to different sectors of agriculture and political leaders, cultivated my leadership abilities, and connected me with other farmers that will forever be my friends. It was an awesome experience!”
ProFILE participants will attend six meetings over a 15-month period, in January, February, March, April and September 2018, and February and March 2019. The program includes a weeklong tour of other state Farm Bureaus and key agricultural industry locations.
Eligible nominees are Farm Bureau members ages 25-35. Participants pay an up-front $200 deposit to participate, refundable upon successful completion of the program.
Interested members are encouraged to seek nomination through their county Farm Bureau, or express their interest directly via the MFB website. Nominations from county Farm Bureaus are due June 30; individual nominees’ applications are due Aug. 31.
The next ProFILE class will be announced in early October.