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Agricultural Fairs and Exhibitions #2

Michigan Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau members have a long history of supporting agricultural exhibitions and livestock shows that promote agriculture. Agriculture has long realized the importance of these events as a forum for competition among individuals involved in our industry and an opportunity to improve agricultural products. These activities also provide opportunities for enhancing leadership skills and boosting the agricultural knowledge of participating youth, while also promoting agriculture to the general public.

The success of state and county fairs and exhibitions relies on volunteer leaders from the agricultural community. We urge Farm Bureau members to take active roles in providing oversight and taking ownership of these activities to ensure the original intent of fairs and exhibitions continues. Agricultural education exhibits, livestock competitions, agricultural showcases and youth agricultural activities should be the cornerstone of state and county fairs and exhibitions.

Financial resources are a critical component to the viability of state and county fairs and exhibitions. We urge the State of Michigan and individual fair boards to implement long-range plans that address the financial needs of these events, including but not limited to premiums and infrastructure.

As our industry adapts to change, we must look for alternative venues for these events that provide opportunities for expanded involvement with the non-farm community. 

We urge MFB to evaluate and make recommendations aimed at ensuring the long-term viability of our agricultural heritage through participation in exhibitions, shows and other public events in addition to state and county fairs.

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