For farmer members of a penchant for politics, two annual high points of Farm Bureau’s Meeting Season are around the corner. MFB’s annual Lansing and Washington Legislative Seminars afford opportunities for our grass roots to engage first-hand with the state and federal-level lawmakers representing your interests in government—and officials from the regulatory agencies we know and love.
Lansing Legislative Seminar takes place Feb. 26 at the Lansing Center, just down Michigan Avenue from the state capitol. The one-day event provides an opportunity for one-on-one face time with members of the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives. Officials and staff from key state regulatory agencies, including the departments of agriculture, environmental quality and natural resources, also typically attend.
Other highlights of the day include presentation of MFB’s Excellence in Grass-roots Lobbying Award, Silver Plow Awards and sessions on legislative initiatives impacting the food and agriculture sector.
“This event has been a fixture of the Farm Bureau calendar for half a century,” said Matt Smego, manager of MFB’s State Governmental Relations Department. “Its enduring popularity testifies to both the enthusiasm our members bring to it every winter, but also to its effectiveness in communicating our messages and priorities to the officials in Lansing who are closest to shaping and implementing policies and regulations farmers have to work within every day.”
Register with your county Farm Bureau office by Feb. 1 to take part in this year’s Lansing Legislative Seminar.
Washington Legislative Seminar affords our members the opportunity to inject Michigan agriculture’s priorities inside the D.C. Beltway through contact with Congressmen and -women. This year’s event, March 26-28, will also see attendees networking with American Farm Bureau Federation staff and officials from federal regulatory agencies, including the trade and labor departments, plus the Environmental Protection Agency.
Register with your county Farm Bureau before Jan. 18 to attend the 2019 Washington Legislative Seminar.