Michigan Farm Bureau’s Voice of Agriculture Conference helps
you learn how to positively promote Michigan agriculture to school children,
adults and the media.
Learn about innovative projects, new Agriculture in the
Classroom lessons, social media and many more unique resources from presenters
AND your peers!
We’ll give you the tools you need to become more comfortable
and proficient in talking about the food and agriculture industry to
individuals from all walks of life.
Sessions also provide training for county
Promotion and Education chairpersons and committee members. as well as county
newsletter editors and commodity spokespeople.
January 23-24, 2017
Grand Traverse Resort, Acme
Contact Amelia Miller(517) 679-5688
Call or visit your local county Farm Bureau office. Registration opens Dec. 5. The closing deadline has been extended to Dec. 20.
For more information, contact Sara Miller at 517-679-4781.
1:00 p.m. Arrival and Registration
2:00 p.m. Tours that conclude with destination dinners in Downtown Traverse City (Choose 1)
Drones and TC Cherries Tour MSU’s Agriculture Technology Program and Northwest Michigan College’s Unmanned Arial Vehicle program Triple D Orchards, Inc Cherry Processor Dinner at Blue Tractor Barbeque
Wine and Workforce Tour Goodwill Industries’ Farm to Freezer Program Black Star Farms Winery Dinner: North Peak Brewing Co or Mackinaw Brewing Co.
8:00 p.m. Buses return at intervals to Grand Traverse Resort
8:00 – 11 p.m. Hospitality Room
7:15 a.m. Registration opens
7:45 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
8:15 a.m. Navigating the Meeting Using the conference app; what’s Voice of Ag all about Optional Session geared toward welcoming attendees new to Farm Bureau conferences!
8:45 a.m. Opening Session Why YOU have to be the Voice of Farming and Ranching Randy Krotz, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance
10:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions • Getting Hands-on with the FARM Science Lab - Lyndsay Grasman • Take a Chance on an Award or Grant - Amelia Miller • True Stories: Surviving Ag Haters on Social Media - Jill Corrin • HELP! How to Find and Engage Great Volunteers - Deb Schmucker
11:30 a.m. Collaborating within your district Meet other attendees from your local area! Find your district’s breakout room to enjoy lunch, fellowship and brainstorming.
1:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions • Getting Hands-on with the FARM Science Lab - Lyndsay Grasman • Let's Do Lunch • Voice of Consumers: Panel with Consumer Guests • Urban Farming: What's Happening and How are We Connecting?
2:15 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions • Agriculture in the Classroom Across the Country - Julie Stephenson and Marsha Wainio • Better Safe than Sorry - Nancy Thelen and Cathy McCune • Leading the Discussion - Jeremy Nagel and Brian VanOchten • DIY Graphics & Video = Eye Candy! - Jill Corrin, Aaron Boak and Renee McCauley
4:00 p.m. Closing session Starting Something New Scott Westerman, Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations, Michigan State University