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Your county Farm Bureau annual meeting is the place to catch up on organizational programs and activities — and with peers in your local farm community.
Date Posted: May 28, 2024

County Farm Bureau annual meetings are kinda like New Year’s: celebrations of the past 12 months and eager anticipation of the next. If you haven’t yet been invited yet to your county’s 2024 annual, allow Farm Gate to do the honors right now.

Below you’ll find an early list of dates and times. Some details still need nailing down, but the bulk of it’s there; we’ll keep sharing updated information ‘til they’re all wrapped up. 

Note: County Farm Bureau Administrative Managers (CAMs) have until June 10 to submit county-annual details to MFB Field Operations Specialist Ashley Frazee.

From June to November, these annual meetings are the alpha and omega of your county Farm Bureau. They recap and celebrate the accomplishments of the past year while ushering in the next by adopting policies and electing new leaders. 

Annual meetings vary from one county Farm Bureau to the next, from homey potlucks to catered shindigs with entertainment and door prizes. Either way, here are the basic elements you can expect:

  • A hearty spread. Nobody goes home hungry!
  • Reports on your county’s Young Farmer and Promotion & Education programs, recapping activities and achievements over the past year.
  • Review, discussion and adoption of changes to your county’s policy slate. More on this below.
  • Review and approval of your county Farm Bureau financials.
  • Election of members to your county Farm Bureau board of directors: choosing who will lead your organization through the coming year, help set priorities, delegate responsibilities and guide decision-making.

About that policy component: In the months leading up to your annual meeting, a dedicated policy development (PD) committee has formulated a slate of proposals for consideration, including changes to existing policies and/or new measures fresh from the ground up. 

Either way, their overall intent is to further Farm Bureau’s mission by amplifying members’ voices in the ears of decision makers at all levels: township, county, state and federal.

These policies are meant to reflect your interests, concerns and priorities. If they don’t — or if you have thoughts on improving them — it’s imperative you take this opportunity to chime in! Even though they’re drafted by a small group of your local peers, your input can only help strengthen the integrity of the final product.

(Some county Farm Bureaus deliberate their policies in a separate, dedicated meeting before or after the county annual. Even so, your input is welcome!)

Policy gets a spotlight but it’s not the only Farm Bureau activity that relies on your involvement. Depending on your own interests and talents, several other programs would welcome your interest and improve with your participation. The best way to learn more is to introduce yourself and start asking questions, and there are few better opportunities for that than your county annual meeting.

Now that you’ve been invited, all that’s left is to R.S.V.P. to your county Farm Bureau office; a quick phone call to your county administrative manager (CAM) is the best way to learn all the necessary details and reserve your spot. 

After that you just show up with smiles, handshakes and questions!

2024 County Farm Bureau Annual Meetings

Information current as of June 11. 
Look to Farm Gate for ongoing updates.

ALLEGAN — Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m.; C & J Country Gardens, Hamilton

ANTRIM — Aug. 24, 6 p.m.; Banks Township Hall, 6520 Center St., Ellsworth

ARENAC — Sep. 24, 5:45 p.m.; The Flying Pig, 17172 Long Lake Hwy., Alpena

BARRY — Aug. 24, 6 p.m.; MOOville Outdoor Pavilion, 5875 S. M-66, Nashville

BAY — Aug. 24, time TBD; Doubletree, 1 Wenonah Park Pl., Bay City

BENZIE-MANISTEE — Oct. 24, 6 p.m.; Blaine Christian Church, 7018 Putney Rd., Arcadia

BERRIEN — Nov. 24, 8 a.m.; Lake Michigan Gardens, 2584 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor

BRANCH — Sep. 24, 5 p.m.; The Dearth Center, 262 S. Sprague St., Coldwater

CALHOUN — Sep. 24, 5:30 p.m.; Old Indian Creek Farm, 22523 Marshall Rd., Olivet

CASS — Sep. 24, 10 a.m.; Location TBD

CHARLEVOIX — Sep. 24, 6 p.m.; The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix, 204 Water St., East Jordan

CHEBOYGAN — Sep. 24, 6 p.m.; Reimann Farm, 6543 W. Birchwood Rd., Cheboygan

CHIPPEWA — Sep. 24, 6 p.m.; Rudyard Twp Hall, 18725 S. Mackinac Trail, Rudyard

CLARE — Aug. 24, 5 p.m.; Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm, 2706 E. Stevenson Lake Rd., Clare

EMMET PD MTG. — Aug. 24, 6 a.m.; Megan Nothelfer Farm Bureau Insurance Agency. 2780 Charlevoix Ave., Suite 15, Petoskey

EMMET CO. ANNUAL — Sep. 24, 6 p.m.; LTBB Government Center, 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs

GLADWIN — Sep. 24, 2 p.m.; Gladwin County Fairgrounds, 401 S. State St., Gladwin

GRATIOT — Jun. 24, 12 p.m.; The Fields Golf Course, 1508 N. State St., Ithaca

HILLSDALE — Sep. 24, time TBD; The Dawn Theater, Hillsdale

HURON — Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m.; Franklin Inn, 1070 E. Huron Ave., Bad Axe

HURON SHORES Oct. 24, 12 p.m.; mail-in ballot: PO Box 157, Alpena

INGHAM — Sep. 24, 6:30 p.m.; Ingham County Fairgrounds Community Building, 700 E. Ash St., Mason

IONIA — Aug. 24, 6 p.m.; Shadow Ridge Golf Course, 1244 Kelsey Hwy., Ionia

ISABELLA & MIDLAND — Sep. 24, 4 p.m.; Back Orchard Barn, 11001 Wilkinson Rd., Freeland

JACKSON — Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m.; Gee Farms Nursery & Greenhouses, Stockbridge

KALAMAZOO PD MTG. — Jul. 24, 6 p.m.; Location TBD

KALAMAZOO CO. ANNUAL — Aug. 24, 6 p.m.; Location TBD

KENT — Sep. 24, 5:30 p.m.; Fairway Event & Banquet Center, 6650 Crossings Dr. SE, Grand Rapids

LAPEER — Sep. 16, 5 p.m.; Ankley Family Farm, 6767 Clear Lake Rd., Imlay City

LENAWEE — Aug. 24, 6 p.m.; Carpenter Farms, Adrian

LIVINGSTON — Sep. 24, 6 p.m.; Chemung Hills Golf and Banquet Center, 3125 Golf Club Rd., Howell

MAC-LUCE-SCHOOLCRAFT — Oct. 24, 6 p.m.; N6760 M-117, Engadine

MACOMB — Sep. 24, 6 p.m.; Armada Fairgrounds, 74280 Fair St., Armada

MASON — Aug. 24, 6 p.m.; Farmview Resort, 6700 N. US-31, Free Soil

MECOSTA — Sep. 24, 5:30 p.m.; Haymarsh Hunt Club, 11959 Jefferson Rd., Morley

MIDLAND & ISABELLA — Sep. 24, 4 p.m.; Back Orchard Barn, 11001 Wilkinson Rd., Freeland

MISSAUKEE — Aug. 24, 6 p.m.; Cow Camp, South Green Road, McBain

MONROE — Sep. 24, 5 p.m.; Matthes Tree Farm, 13416 Lulu Rd., Ida

MONTCALM — Jun. 24, 5:30 p.m.; MSU Potato Research Facility, 4629 W. McBride Rd., Lakeview

MUSKEGON — Aug. 24, 6 p.m.; Folkert Community Hub, 640 Seminole Rd., Norton Shores

NEWAYGO & OCEANA — Sep. 24, 4 p.m.; West Michigan Research Station, 5185 N. Oceana Dr., Hart

NORTHWEST MICHIGAN — Aug. 24, 6 p.m.; Bay View Weddings at Gallagher Farms, 8629 E. Lincoln Rd., Cedar

OAKLAND — Sep. 24, 6 p.m.; Springfield Oaks County Park Activity Center, 12451 Andersonville Rd., Davisburg

OCEANA & NEWAYGO — Sep. 24, 4 p.m.; West Michigan Research Station, 5185 N. Oceana Dr., Hart

OSCEOLA — Apr. 24, 1 p.m.; AJ's Event Center, 11377 US-10, Evart

OTSEGO — Sep. 24, 2 p.m.; Livingston Township Hall, 3218 Old 27 North, Gaylord

OTTAWA — Sep. 24, 5 p.m.; Spring Meadow Nursery, Grand Haven

PRESQUE ISLE — Aug. 24, 6 p.m.; Brush Creek Mill, 121 S. State St., Hillman

SHIAWASSEE — Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m.; Fortitude Farms & Events, 4377 S. M-52, Owosso

ST. JOSEPH — Oct. 24, 6 p.m.; Sturges. Young Center for the Arts, 201 N. Nottawa St., Sturgis

TUSCOLA — Aug. 22, 5 p.m.; MSU Saginaw Valley Research & Education Center, 3775 S. Reese Rd., Frankenmuth

WAYNE — Oct. 24, 5 p.m.; Wayne County Fairgrounds, Belleville

WEXFORD — Sep. 24, 6 p.m.; The Greenhouse, 916 S. Mitchell St., Cadillac

Portrait of MFB Member Communications Specialist Jeremy Nagel.

Jeremy Nagel

Member Communications Specialist
517-323-6885 [email protected]