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Lisa Robb

Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau has several of each of the current farm crates in stock and available for loan. We would like to loan them out to any local school teacher or parent that is home schooling. The farm crates are meant for grade school children grades 3-5. If you or anyone you know has an interest, please call Lisa Robb at (269) 342-0212.
We are looking forward to helping to educate the children in Kalamazoo County on the many different agricultural commodities.
Farm Crates available for loan.

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Lisa Robb

Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau has several of each of the current farm crates in stock and available for loan. We would like to loan them out to any local school teacher or parent that is home schooling. The farm crates are meant for grade school children grades 3-5. If you or anyone you know has an interest, please call Lisa Robb at (269) 342-0212.
We are looking forward to helping to educate the children in Kalamazoo County on the many different agricultural commodities.
Farm Crates available for loan.
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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
Michigan Farm Bureau

    • 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

      State News




      The third class of Michigan Farm Bureau’s Academy for Political Leadership is set to convene with a pandemic-adjusted summer schedule instead of its usual winter time frame. COVID-19 restrictions led the group to put off meeting in person until a time when they can, hopefully, convene in person.

      Eight participants are scheduled to meet in June, July, August and September:

      • Ed Scheffler — Lenawee County
      • Allan Robinette — Kent County
      • Loren King — St. Joseph County
      • Maria Carlin — Shiawassee County
      • Logan Crumbaugh — Gratiot County
      • Nadene Berthiaume — Saginaw County
      • Byron Fogarasi — Arenac County
      • Brad Lubbers — Allegan County

      We’ll learn more about the participants as this year’s academy approaches.

      MFB’s Academy for Political Leadership is designed for Farm Bureau members interested in politics and government. Some participants aspire to public office themselves or seek to learn how to support office-holders, while others simply want to learn more about how government works.

      Content addressed through the course of the academy includes what it takes to run an effective campaign, election law, fundraising, and more.

      The academy takes place every other year in non-election years. Contact your county Farm Bureau if you or someone you know is interested in taking part in a future class.

      MFB staff contacts: Matt Kapp, 517-679-5883, and Melissa Palma, 517-323-6740


      The third class of Michigan Farm Bureau’s Academy for Political Leadership is set to convene with a pandemic-adjusted summer schedule instead of its usual winter time frame.

      By Nicole Jennings



      Farm Bureau events like Rep. Moolenaar’s Dinner on the Farm took on a different look during the pandemic. Moving forward it’s important to stay mindful of the some of what we’ve learned over the past year.

      If you’re anything like me, you probably look back at 2020 and still wonder, “what the HECK was that?!?”

      But in the swirl of uncertainty, a global pandemic, social distancing and stay-at-home orders, county Farm Bureaus across the board still found made massive success. From a fantastic membership year, events abiding by restrictions, county annuals, board meetings, tele-town halls… You name it, the county Farm Bureaus did it. At a time when much of the world took a pause, our members persevered and found alternative ways to accomplish their goals and showcase the value of membership in our organization.

      In doing so, leaders and members switched up a lot this past year and walked away with new and exciting ideas. We all mastered the subtle art of virtual meetings, sitting through our fair share of calls via Zoom and WebEx.

      Unique ideas like virtual coffee hours with legislators, online trivia nights, online contests, virtual 5-Ks and virtual farm tours are all options that can bring people a little closer together even when we can’t join in person.

      Social distancing is a term we’ve all come to know all too well over the past year. Yet many events were still able to take place.

      Drive-through county annuals were happening throughout the state! Members revived drive-in movies, organized countywide scavenger hunts and convened outdoor summer picnics and tailgates.

      Utilizing some of those skills we’ve all acquired will come in handy as we plod through winter. Sledding, snowshoeing, ice fishing tournaments and skiing are all snowy engagement opportunities that Farm Bureau leaders can provide for members and hopefully take some of the chill out of Old Man Winter.

      New ideas are one thing. Now, how do we share our upcoming events with members? Social media, postcards, Farm Gate and your county Farm Bureau website are all great ways to spread the word.

      Also, think back on how you got involved in the first place. How did you first find yourself at an event? Most of the time it was because another member personally invited you. Never underestimate the power of a phone call and reaching out to the uninvolved — they may very well be the next great leader your county Farm Bureau’s been looking for.

      If any of these event ideas speak to you directly and you think might work in your county Farm Bureau, drop everything and reach out to your county Farm Bureau board or district director. If they don’t already have plans, they can help you make it happen. And they’d just love to hear from you.

      MFB Staff have come up with a new planning and promotional guide we hope will help county Farm Bureaus brew up “alternative engagement” plans that fit their needs. Click here to see and download it! 

      Originally from a Genesee County grain farm, Nicole Jennings is now an MFB Regional Manager serving members across District 9, in the Benzie-Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Northwest Michigan and Wexford County Farm Bureaus.

      Unique ideas like virtual coffee hours with legislators, online trivia nights, online contests, virtual 5-Ks and virtual farm tours are all options that can bring people a little closer together even when we can’t join in person.

      Networking, communications, problem-solving, critical thinking, cultural awareness and social skills are just a few of the qualities today’s employers look for. World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute fosters those skills while encouraging young people to explore a variety of jobs and careers related to food security, science and agriculture.

      The Institute is a one-day event coordinated by Michigan State University (MSU) where youth:

      • Present research and recommendations on how to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with local experts.
      • Connect with other student leaders from across Michigan to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships.
      • Interact with global leaders in science, agriculture, industry and policy.
      • Take part in educational sessions to explore current research and issues in food, agriculture, natural resources, international development and life sciences.
      • Meet innovative professionals, researchers, professors and college students working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security in Michigan and around the world.

      This year’s Institute takes place via Zoom from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6; participation is free.

      Students in grades 7-12 during the 2020-21 school year are eligible to register by submitting a two to five page paper (see link below) by April 1. Online registration for youth participants and their adult teachers or mentors begins March 1 at https://events.anr.msu.edu/wfpmiyi2021/

      Top-performing participants will be considered as possible delegates to represent Michigan at the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa (or virtually) this October.

      Check out this video for more information, or contact Katie Eisenberger or your local 4-H county coordinator.

      World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute fosters those skills while encouraging young people to explore a variety of jobs and careers related to food security, science and agriculture.

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      Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau June 2021 Board Meeting