Developing voices within agriculture is one of the key goals of Michigan Farm Bureau’s High School and Collegiate programming. The 2023 #SpeakAgMichigan Challenge, supported by the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, charts a path for FFA chapters and Collegiate Farm Bureau members as they engage with consumers via social media.
From September through December, competitors develop and implement a social media challenge highlighting designated monthly topics. September kicked off the challenge focusing on farm safety. Twenty FFA chapters and four Collegiate members created videos, shared tips and resources, and designed posts informing their audiences on a variety of farm safety topics.
To follow your local chapters, search your Instagram and Facebook feeds for #SpeakAgMichigan, or click one of these links for the high school FFA division:
- Alma FFA
- Bloomfield Hills
- Branch Area Careers Center
- Calhoun Area FFA
- Centreville FFA Chapter
- Clare-Gladwin FFA
- Coleman FFA
- Corunna FFA
- Fremont FFA
- Ionia FFA
- Ithaca FFA
- Mecosta Osceola Career Center FFA Chapter
- Stockbridge FFA
- USA FFA Chapter
- Van Buren Tech
- Webberville FFA
Or the Collegiate Farm Bureau Member Division:
- Victoria Caine — Montcalm Community College
- Liy Carylon — Michigan State University
- Jenna Gould — Michigan State University
- Avery Claybaugh — Saginaw Valley State University
Not seeing your local FFA chapter or Collegiate Farm Bureau member? They can still register by heading to https://miagclassroom.org/grants/speak/ to register!
October focused on poultry; this month wildlife is front and center. Rounding out the four-month challenge, competitors will highlight poinsettias in December.
Leaderboards for both divisions are posted on the Michigan Farm Bureau Facebook and Instagram accounts the first Friday of the month and competitors receive feedback from the judges to build on their skills.
The top 10 high school chapters will receive a cash prize and recognition during the 2024 Michigan FFA State Convention. The top three collegiate members and their chapters will be recognized and awarded a cash prize during the Young Farmer Leaders Conference in February 2024.
The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, a 501(c)(3) governed by Michigan Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors, positively contributes to the future of Michigan agriculture through leadership and educational programming.
For more information, contact Katie Eisenberger, MFB High School and Collegiate Programs Specialist.