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

Medicare can be confusing. It's easy to miss important information and make a wrong choice that can cost you thousands of dollars down the road.

Join one of our Virtual Medicare Made Easy classes and learn from the Medicare experts. We have three dates scheduled and there will be two classes on each day. The classes are on September 10th, September 24th and October 8th. There will be one at 12pm and one at 6pm on each day. 

No products will be sold, it's strictly educational. Limited capacity.

For information on how to join one of the WebEx sessions, please call Lisa Robb at 269-342-0212 or email her at [email protected]



Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau to Host Free "Medicare Made Easy" Virtual Seminar. Join one of our Virtual Medicare Made Easy classes and learn from the experts. Wednesday, July 29th. There will be two WebEx sessions. One at 12:00pm and one at 6:00p

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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 educational 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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      Marge Karker

      Michigan Farm Bureau’s Marge Karker Scholarship offers three $1,000 awards to students enrolled in an agricultural program at Michigan State University. Applicants must be a dependent of a Farm Bureau member or have his/her own Farm Bureau membership in good standing.

      Completed applications are due Oct. 1; forms and additional details are available online.

      The Marge Karker Scholarship was established in the late 1960s to honor the former coordinator of MFB’s Women's Program. For 20 years she led Farm Bureau members in activities involving citizenship, health, education, legislation, public relations, safety and community improvement projects, all laying the groundwork for today’s Promotion and Education program.

      Learn more about Karker here.

      MFB staff contact: Amelia Miller , 517-679-5688

      Michigan Farm Bureau’s Marge Karker Scholarship offers three $1,000 awards to students enrolled in an agricultural program at Michigan State University. Applicants must be a dependent of a Farm Bureau member or have his/her own Farm Bureau membership
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      Just because COVID’s sidelined the FARM Science Lab this fall doesn’t mean we can’t still boost students’ agricultural literacy. Michigan Farm Bureau is retooling programming and resources so our county Farm Bureaus can still share their agricultural expertise with teachers and students.

      County Promotion & Education chairs should move fast to take advantage of cost-sharing opportunities for classroom outreach this fall. The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture is underwriting two cost-sharing options for helping you connect with local teachers.

      • Teacher Appreciation Care Packages ship directly to teachers and come with ag-accurate books; teacher guides; Michigan Ag Facts placemat; a small student gift and a treat for the teacher. Order now for $20 (half their value). Order by Sept. 4 for delivery in late September. Order by Oct. 1 for delivery in mid-October.
      • Farm Crate Monthly Classroom Kits for grades K-5 each feature a different monthly commodity theme, September through December. Each includes an ag-accurate book; Agriculture in the Classroom lesson resources; hands-on lesson and support materials for grades K-2 and 3-5; online extension activity; and a content-related gift or resource for the teacher. They’re $25 each (half their value) or order the full fall subscription and get the fourth month free ($75 total). Order by Oct. 1 to have the full subscription delivered.

      Work with your P&E chair and county administrative manager to order through the Michigan Ag in the Classroom store subscription tab.

      For more information, contact P&E Program Specialist Amelia Miller at 517-679-5688.

      County Promotion & Education chairs should move fast to take advantage of cost-sharing opportunities for classroom outreach this fall. The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture is underwriting two cost-sharing options for helping you connect with local

      In arguably the biggest maneuver yet to help ensure the health and safety of its members, Michigan Farm Bureau’s 101st annual meeting will take place largely online.

      In an Aug. 27 memo to leaders across the Family of Companies, MFB President Carl Bednarski announced the board of directors “has made the tough decision to hold the 2020 State Annual Meeting in a hybrid-virtual format.

      “Moving the meeting from a fully in-person experience to a virtual platform was our last choice,” Bednarski added, “but it will give us some unique opportunities to both reach more members and show our abilities to adapt to the current social position.”

      The focus of the meeting this year will be essential business, as defined by the organization’s by-laws, and policy development. 

      The meeting will convene virtually in three segments, beginning Nov. 4, 2020 and concluding Dec. 2, following this general outline:

      NOV. 4 — Virtual State Annual Kick Off, to take place entirely online, allowing all MFB members to tune in and get updates from our organization’s state leaders:

      • President’s address
      • Rules Committee report
      • Credentials Committee report
      • CEO Report
      • Approval of the 2019 Annual Meeting minutes
      • Treasurer’s report

      NOV. 9-19 — District Meetings will take place virtually or in person, based on COVID phase restrictions then in place for each district:

      • District Directors nominations and elections
      • Policy review
      • Delegate voting training

      DEC. 2 — Business & Policy Development, to take place in person or virtually by district and based on COVID phase restrictions. MFB leadership and the State Policy Development Committee members will be in one location for the purpose of webcasting the proceedings.

      • Nomination and election of district, Young Farmer and P&E directors
      • Election of MFB President
      • Policy resolution discussion – reaffirmation style
      • Policy resolutions

      Look for more details as they develop in Farm Gate and all your usual Farm Bureau communications channels.

      “We appreciate your patience, support and above all, we appreciate your dedication to the organization,” Bednarski said.

      In an Aug. 27 memo to leaders across the Family of Companies, MFB President Carl Bednarski announced the board of directors “has made the tough decision to hold the 2020 State Annual Meeting in a hybrid-virtual format.

      Upcoming Events

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      October2020
      Thursday
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      Medicare Made Easy Virtual Class
      Kalam
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      Medicare Made Easy WebEx Session on 10/08/20. Two classes, one at 12pm and one at 6pm. No products will be sold, it's strictly educational. For more information on how to join the WebEx sessions all Lisa Robb 269-342-0212 or [email protected]
      October2020
      Thursday
      15
      Kalamazoo County Board Meeting
      Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau
      Portage,
      Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau October 2020 Board Meeting
      November2020
      Thursday
      19
      Kalamazoo County Board Meeting
      Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau
      Portage,
      Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau November 2020 Board Meeting
      December2020
      Thursday
      17
      Kalamazoo County Board Meeting
      Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau
      Portage,
      Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau December 2020 Board Meeting