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Join us for the 4th Annual Southwest Michigan Farm Bureau Chili Cook-Off!!
Come and cheer on your favorite Young Farmer as they participate in the 2020 District Young Farmer Discussion Meet.
$10/person will be charged at the door - ages 10/under are free
(all proceeds will be donated to the Michigan Foundatoin for Agriculture)
Individual Chili Cookoff Entry Fee:
$10/entry (please provide a minimum of 5-6 quarts)
RSVP to attend and/or enter the cook-off or corn hold tournament by March 6
Contact Cass County Farm Bureau to RSVP or with any questions at 269-445-3849

Chili Cook-Off & Corn Hole Tournament

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    • Lansing Legislative Seminar
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        February 25, 2020 | Lansing Center, Lansing  

        Michigan Farm Bureau’s Lansing Legislative Seminar provides an opportunity for members passionate about Farm Bureau policy and issues affecting agriculture to:

        • Meet members with shared interests, concerns and goals;
        • Help demonstrate to legislative and regulatory leaders the significance of our member-developed policy and strength of our county Farm Bureaus;
        • Learn from expert speakers about proposals being considered in Lansing that would impact Michigan farmers and the food and agriculture economy.

        The event also features:

        • Presentation of the Excellence in Grass-roots Lobbying Award to a county Farm Bureau for outstanding local advocacy efforts.
        • Presentation of the Silver Plow Award, recognizing a legislator’s work in support of Farm Bureau policy. 

        Registration: January 24 - February 7, 2020  

        Contact your county Farm Bureau and tell them you're interested in attending Lansing Legislative Seminar.

        For detailed information about the 2020 Lansing Legislative Seminar click the "More Info" button below!  


      Lansing Legislative Seminar February 25th
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      Join us for the 4th Annual Southwest Michigan Farm Bureau Chili Cook-Off!!
      Come and cheer on your favorite Young Farmer as they participate in the 2020 District Young Farmer Discussion Meet.
      $10/person will be charged at the door - ages 10/under are free
      (all proceeds will be donated to the Michigan Foundatoin for Agriculture)
      Individual Chili Cookoff Entry Fee:
      $10/entry (please provide a minimum of 5-6 quarts)
      RSVP to attend and/or enter the cook-off or corn hold tournament by March 6
      Contact Cass County Farm Bureau to RSVP or with any questions at 269-445-3849

      Chili Cook-Off & Corn Hole Tournament

      Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau to Host Free Educational Event "Medicare Made Easy"

      The public is invited to a free, on-hour educatoinl seminar, "Medicare Made Easy" on Friday, October 4th at Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau, 5950 Portage Rd., Suite A, Portage, Michigan at 1pm.

      The Seminar will cover what kind of insurance coverage people need as they age, how to avoid paying for coverage that isn't needed, Medigap, Medicare Advantage, enrollment periods, pre-existing conditions, Part D drug plans, and what questions to ask before signing up for an insurance plan. The seminar is presented by Lisa Robb, Medicare Plan Specialist with Michigan Farm Bureau. The seminar will include time for questions and answers. No products will be sold here; it's strictly educational. Seating is limited so please RSVP by calling (269) 342-0212 to reserve your spot.

      The public is invited to a free, on-hour educatoinl seminar, "Medicare Made Easy" on Friday, October 4th at Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau, 5950 Portage Rd., Suite A, Portage, Michigan at 1pm

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      Michigan Farm Bureau

      The Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies is partnering with Talons Out Honor Flight to give Farm Bureau members who are veterans of World War II or the Korean War an opportunity to visit their respective war memorial in Washington D.C. and return to a welcome-home celebration May 9, 2020.  

      The Family of Companies’ $25,000 pledge will allow for 24 veterans and 24 guardians to attend — two veteran-guardian pairs per district.

      “This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our members who’ve served their country overseas in some of the most horrible conflicts of the 20th century,” said MFB President Carl Bednarski. “The Honor Flight is about commemorating them and their service, and our priority is on honoring the most senior of our member-veterans.

      “As younger men and women, they were fortunate to survive wars halfway across the globe — then returned home to work the land and help build the greatest agricultural industry the world has ever known.”

      All participating veterans must be accompanied by an able-bodied guardian, responsible for physically assisting veterans prior to and during the flights to and from D.C., and during visits to memorials and Arlington National Cemetery — an active, 18-hour day. (See preliminary agenda here.)

      Guardians may not be spouses or significant others and must be between 18 to 70 years of age. To make the most of this rare opportunity, county Farm Bureaus are encouraged to find guardians who are also veterans themselves.

      If a district has more than two nominees, they will be selected based on the order applications were received. County Farm Bureaus can sponsor additional veterans and guardians at a cost of $500 per person (totaling $1,000 per vet-guardian pair).

      Separate application forms for veterans and guardians are under development and will soon be made available to county Farm Bureau offices.

      Farm Bureau members who served in WWII or Korea are encouraged to apply directly to their county Farm Bureau. The county Farm Bureau must submit completed applications to [email protected] by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

      For more information, contact Nicole Guilford (517-679-5665) or Jeremy C. Nagel (517-323-6585).

      The Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies is partnering with Talons Out Honor Flight to give Farm Bureau members who are veterans of World War II or the Korean War an opportunity to visit their respective war memorial in Washington D.C. and return
      Michigan Farm Bureau

      Michigan Farm Bureau’s marquee grassroots lobbying event, Lansing Legislative Seminar, is slated for Feb. 25, 2020 and promises an exciting day for members passionate about advocating for agriculture and Farm Bureau policy and learning about state legislative and regulatory issues.

      Members interested in participating are encouraged to contact their county Farm Bureau before the Feb. 7 registration deadline.

      While the main program begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Lansing Center, members looking to arrive early to the capital city have options for starting their day.

      State Capitol Building Tours 

      If you’ve never been inside Michigan’s historic capitol building — or it’s just been a while — a visit won’t disappoint! Lansing Legislative Seminar attendees can take a free guided tour of the landmark.

      Tours depart the Lansing Center at 8:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.; pre-registration is not required. It’s a quarter-mile walk to the capitol, so dress for the weather.

      AgriPac Fundraiser 

      MFB’s political action committee, AgriPac, welcomes members to show their support for the organization’s efforts to elect farm-friendly candidates by attending a fundraiser at 10:15 a.m. Special guest and political speaker Patrick Haggerty promises to entertain attendees while imparting his insight into the 2020 election and his expertise on grassroots advocacy. A $50 minimum contribution is required; personal checks should be made payable to AgriPac and business checks should be made payable to FarmPac. Credit card payments will be accepted on-site. Pre-registration is encouraged and available here. 

      Luncheon Program 

      Lansing Legislative’s hallmark lunch program will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. in the Lansing Center ballrooms, starting with opening remarks from MFB President Carl Bednarski.

      The organization has invited the state’s four most influential legislative leaders for a panel discussion: House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), House Minority Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint).

      One ambitious county Farm Bureau will also be recognized with MFB’s annual Excellence in Grassroots Lobbying Award. The recipient will receive a $500 grant and recognition plaque for outstanding efforts to inform and influence elected officials.

      Issue Sessions and Networking Break 

      That afternoon, members will choose breakout sessions to attend before and after a networking break (featuring MSU Dairy Store ice cream!)

      Topics will include legislative or regulatory issues impacting farms and agribusinesses, including environmental policy and water use, state budget items pertinent to the farm sector, a 2020 election preview, grassroots advocacy and more.

      Legislative Reception 

      Starting around 4:30 p.m. state representatives, senators and dozens of other government and regulatory leaders will begin arriving for the legislative reception, where members will visit with elected officials and discuss current agricultural issues and Farm Bureau policy priorities.

      Michigan Farm Bureau’s marquee grassroots lobbying event, Lansing Legislative Seminar, is slated for Feb. 25, 2020 and promises an exciting day for members passionate about advocating for agriculture and Farm Bureau policy and learning about state le
      Michigan Farm Bureau

      Do you know where the latest version of your membership card is?

      Most of our members say they don’t carry the card or have an expired one in their wallet. As you can imagine, the membership packet and ID card are expensive items to produce. Each year, Michigan Farm Bureau mails more than 200,000 packets to members when they join or renew their membership.

      In an effort to minimize some of those costs and provide timely member information, Michigan Farm Bureau will begin emailing the membership ID card to members with valid email addresses in 2020. The email will contain the same information and resources that are sent in the mailed packets but can be more easily accessed just by pulling up the email.

      The email campaign will officially launch in early 2020.

      So, next time you renew your membership, be sure to look to your email inbox. Your membership card will be right there waiting for you!

      For more information, email our membership services department or call 517-323-6552.


       

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      January2020
      Wednesday
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      2020 Council of Presidents Conference
      111 W Main St
      Midland,
      Open to all county Farm Bureau presidents
      February2020
      Wednesday
      5
      2020 Voice of Agriculture Conference
      800 Harker Street
      Port Huron, MI
      Learn new tools for connecting with consumers via social media, direct outreach, school-based events or news media at the Voice of Agriculture Conference. Hear from keynote speakers who understand the challenges of working in agriculture. Meet Farm Bureau members from across the state to share ideas for county programming. Tour agricultural businesses and farms in Michigan’s Thumb region
      February2020
      Thursday
      20
      Kalamazoo County Board Meeting
      Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau
      Portage,
      Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau November 2019 Board Meeting
      February2020
      Friday
      21
      2020 Young Farmer Leaders Conference
      100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd
      Acme,
      The Michigan Farm Bureau Young Farmer Leaders Conference is for young members between the ages of 18 and 35. This two-and-a-half-day conference unites 350 young agriculture leaders and industry experts, centers on these members’ professional and personal growth and addresses issues relevant to this generation, including leadership training, management skills and business/family relationships.