The 2023 cohort of Michigan Farm Bureau’s Academy for Political Leadership wrapped up its final session April 12-13 in Lansing.
Matt Grossmann, director of the Institute for Public Policy & Social Research at Michigan State University, lead the group in exercises that challenged them to defend both Republican and Democratic perspectives. There was plenty of fun and laughs while participants learned the importance of connecting with both sides of the aisle.
Another highlight from their last session together was heading downtown for a tour of Michigan’s Supreme Court and Capitol buildings, and some time sitting in on a live House session.
An evening graduation program took place at The English Inn near Eaton Rapids, where MFB President Carl Bednarski joined the group for dinner and discussed the importance of farmer members participating in the program and getting involved in government. At the dinner program participants received certificates of completion and a photo gift from MFB.
After dinner the class had just a final half-day remaining, during which they presented the campaign plans they’d worked on throughout the Academy.
Closing remarks came from MFB CEO Scott Piggott, who emphasized the importance of taking time to show up and make a difference. He spoke to the importance of farmers getting involved in politics and giving agriculture a voice to ensure its interests are represented.
The next Academy for Political Leadership happens in the winter of 2025; contact Melissa Palma for more information.