In the era of term limits, there is a constant need for farmers to run for office.
Michigan Farm Bureau's Academy for Political Leadership is designed to give county Farm Bureau members the tools they need to engage in government, represent agriculture and positively influence the legislative process.
What you will learn
- Why we need farmers to run for office
- How to talk to the media
- What it takes to run an effective campaign
- Election law
- Social media training
- And much more
When and where
The academy schedule consists of four, two-day meetings in Lansing and one two-day meeting in Washington, D.C.
What Past Participants Say
Bob Carlin, Shiawassee County Farm Bureau
"Whether thinking about running for a public office or just wanting to know more about how our American system works, the Academy is an essential first step."
Emily Calderone, Ingham County Farm Bureau
"I feel so much more confident to be a part of Michigan’s political landscape in the future, either as a a legislator or helping good, qualified candidates get into local offices."
Matt Nilson, Van Buren County Farm Bureau
"Farmers need to be represented at every level of government to ensure that the ag voice is heard. The Academy of Political Leadership provides that voice."
Loren King, St. Joseph County Farm Bureau
“The Academy connected what I learned in school with what I saw on the news, and parts of our democracy that I had never seen before.”
Allan Robinette, Kent County Farm Bureau
“This is an excellent program that provides the tools for farmers to get involved in all levels of government, and to make a difference for our industry.”