The current cohort of MFB’s Academy for Political Leadership traveled to Washington, D.C. March 23-24 to learn what goes on behind the scenes when candidates campaign during the election cycle and serve in office. Farm Bureau members heard about experiences from political consultants, elected official staff members, journalists and American Farm Bureau staff.
Day One included attending MFB’s Washington Legislative Seminar Breakfast, where Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke about the next farm bill.
Members then toured the American Farm Bureau Federation offices and heard Chris Towner, from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, speak on the federal budget and national debt. Other activities that day included hearing from political consultants, journalists and pollsters.
Over dinner the seven Academy participants heard from special guest John Newton, chief economist with the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, who shared about how the farm bill is drafted, including some anticipated items that will need to be worked out before the bill would head to a vote.
Day Two featured speakers who discussed working on congressional campaigns, working with other elected officials and staff, and general information about running for political office.
The group reconvenes back in Lansing next month for its final meeting and the program’s conclusion. Keep reading Farm Gate for updates on their progress.
The Academy for Political Leadership is a unique educational experience designed to give Farm Bureau members the tools, training and confidence they need to pursue positions in office to further promote and serve the ag community.