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Save the date for district policy development meetings

MFB Legislative Counsel Andrew Vermeesch speaks with members at the 2023 District 3 Policy Development Meeting held at Fusilier Farms last June. Image credit: Michigan Farm Bureau
Date Posted: May 13, 2024

Several district policy development (PD) meetings are scheduled for the remainder of the spring and into summer. These meetings gather county Farm Bureau members like yourself to learn about emerging issues facing Michigan farms and agribusinesses, discuss how Farm Bureau can influence the direction or outcome of issues, and invest time in networking.

“We love seeing new and returning members at district PD meetings,” said Emily Reinart, Michigan Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy outreach specialist. “It’s a low-pressure environment to share ideas, identify problems and opportunities, and determine how our organization might respond through changes to our state or national policies.” 

This article will be updated as additional details become available. 

Reach out to the appropriate MFB regional manager (listed below) to offer your interest in participating or share your ideas if your district’s meeting has already happened. 

Can’t make it to a meeting? Check out other ways to contribute and provide input

Proposals developed at local meetings will be carried forward to county Farm Bureau annual meetings, where members will vote to advance proposals to the 22-member state-level PD committee. The final slate of policies is then considered by voting delegates at MFB’s annual meeting, Dec. 3-4 in Grand Rapids. 

District 1

  • June 10, 6:30 p.m.
  • Diamond Lake Orchard, 62216 Eagle Point Rd., Cassopolis
  • Contact: Sarah Pion, 269-377-4841

District 2

  • June 25, 6 p.m.
  • Pleasant View Farm, 4840 Sand Lake Rd., Jonesville
  • Contact: Kim Kerr, 269-967-3759

District 3

  • July 2, 6 p.m.
  • Fusilier Family Farm, 16400 Herman Rd., Manchester
  • Contact: Hannah Meyers, 616-485-4469

District 4

  • Convened March 7
  • County PD committee work continues 
  • Contact: Lori Schrauben, 517-230-3462

District 5

  • Convened March 13
  • County PD committee work continues 
  • Contact: Nicole Jennings, 810-569-9610

District 6 

  • June 25, 6 p.m.
  • Beagio’s Pizza, 5795 Sanilac Rd., Kingston
  • Contact: Laken Polega, 989-550-7069 

District 7 

District 8

  • Convened on March 6
  • County PD committee work continues 
  • Contact: Alex Schunk, 989-824-0738

District 9

  • Convened May 22
  • County PD committee work continues 
  • Contact: Kelsee Steenwyk, 810-922-1866

District 10

  • July 9, 9 a.m.
  • Logan Township Hall, 4507 M-55, Prescott
  • Contact: Sonya Novotny, 248-410-2340  

District 11

  • Convened on April 13
  • County PD committee work continues 
  • Contact: Kathleen Blust, 248-238-2363  

District 12

  • Aug. 28 
  • Time and location to be determined
  • Contact: Craig Knudson, 231-357-3864