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Deb Holmes

Livingston County Farm Bureau will be holding their Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at the Fowlerville Family Fairgrounds, 8800 W Grand River in Fowlerville.   Registration will begin at 6:00pm with dinner being served at 6:30pm.    This event will be held outside at the Bingo Pavilion at the north end of the fairgrounds, near the historical village.

Social distancing will be practiced in that picnic tables will be spaced appropriately for diners or if attendees prefer, parking will be adjacent to the pavilion so that you may dine in your vehicle.  Dinner will consist of pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, Cole slaw and a cookie.  Bottled water will be provided for refreshment.

Horseshoes and corn hole games will be set up.  There will be some appropriate games for children that will allow for social distancing and safe play.

In order to accomplish the business of the Annual Meeting, a business meeting will be held following dinner to approve the 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes, approve the financial statements as of August 31, 2020,  to elect new directors and to review policy to be forwarded for consideration to Michigan Farm Bureau.  If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, the business materials will be made available for email as of September 2, 2021.  A ballot is also being prepared so that you may submit a vote via email.  To request these materials, please email [email protected] .  Completed ballots would need to be emailed by 4:00pm to [email protected] on September 14th to be counted in that evenings vote.

The LCFB Board of Directors thanks each of you for being a member in our organization.  We will do everything possible to make sure that the County Annual Meeting is a safe and family friendly event.  Our hope is that you will attend either in person or by reviewing the Annual Meeting materials and by submitting a ballot via email.  2021 has been a challenging year and we hope that our meeting will give members an enjoyable evening out at the fair.


Livingston County Farm Bureau will hold their Annual Meeting on September 14th. Materials will be made available via email if you cannot attend in person

Livingston County Farm Bureau News

Deb Holmes

Livingston County Farm Bureau will be hosting a Summer Membership Picnic on Thursday, August 12, 2021, at the Fowlerville Family Fairgrounds.  Registration will begin at 6:00pm with dinner, catered by Showerman Family Catering, to follow at 6:30pm.  The program will feature speakers from Michigan Farm Bureau and Livingston County Farm Bureau who will provide an update on issues facing local agriculture and give you an opportunity to learn what your membership with Farm Bureau can do and is currently doing to benefit you and your family.

Games will be set up to keep everyone entertained.  This will be an outdoor event so please dress for the weather.  Our plan is to have a family friendly event that will give an opportunity to meet others who share your common interests in local agriculture.

To register for the event, click here.  Registrations are requested by August 10, 2021.
Summer Membership Picnic planned for Thursday, August 12, 2021, at 6:00pm at the Fowlerville Family Fairgrounds. Come to meet your fellow Farm Bureau members

Our Livingston County Farm Exhibit back to the Fair

By Deb Holmes, Livingston County Farm Bureau Administrative Manager


The Livingston County Farm Bureau is pleased to have the "Our Livingston County Farm" exhibit back in operation at the 2021 Fowlerville Family Fair, July 26 - 31, 2021.  The exhibit will consist of live animal exhibits, commodity and learning stations, a reading area and daily drawings for a bucket full of Michigan Made products.  Special events will be held on Wednesday, July 28th for the children in attendance.  Hudson Mills Tractor Club will bring an array of tractors of all colors dating back to the early 1900's and provide educated volunteers to discuss the equipment. 

Please plan to support the Youth Auctions on Friday and Saturday.  Auctions will consist of Still Life (baked goods, quilts, woodworking, etc) and large and small animals.  Click here to visit the Fowlerville Family Fair website for a complete list of the daily activities.

We hope to see you all at the fair!

The Livingston County Farm Bureau is pleased to be back at the 2021 Fowlerville Family Fair with the Our Livingston County Farm Exhibit from July 26 - 31, 2021
Deb Holmes

Livingston County Farm Bureau will be holding their Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at the Fowlerville Family Fairgrounds, 8800 W Grand River in Fowlerville.   Registration will begin at 6:00pm with dinner being served at 6:30pm.    This event will be held outside at the Bingo Pavilion at the north end of the fairgrounds, near the historical village.

Social distancing will be practiced in that picnic tables will be spaced appropriately for diners or if attendees prefer, parking will be adjacent to the pavilion so that you may dine in your vehicle.  Dinner will consist of pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, Cole slaw and a cookie.  Bottled water will be provided for refreshment.

Horseshoes and corn hole games will be set up.  There will be some appropriate games for children that will allow for social distancing and safe play.

In order to accomplish the business of the Annual Meeting, a business meeting will be held following dinner to approve the 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes, approve the financial statements as of August 31, 2020,  to elect new directors and to review policy to be forwarded for consideration to Michigan Farm Bureau.  If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, the business materials will be made available for email as of September 2, 2021.  A ballot is also being prepared so that you may submit a vote via email.  To request these materials, please email [email protected] .  Completed ballots would need to be emailed by 4:00pm to [email protected] on September 14th to be counted in that evenings vote.

The LCFB Board of Directors thanks each of you for being a member in our organization.  We will do everything possible to make sure that the County Annual Meeting is a safe and family friendly event.  Our hope is that you will attend either in person or by reviewing the Annual Meeting materials and by submitting a ballot via email.  2021 has been a challenging year and we hope that our meeting will give members an enjoyable evening out at the fair.


Livingston County Farm Bureau will hold their Annual Meeting on September 14th. Materials will be made available via email if you cannot attend in person

State News


“Dale’s an example of a traditional county Farm Bureau board member: Their world is their county — they’re dedicated.”

This article has three simple goals:

  1. Honor the memory of an active Farm Bureau member — one specific man — whose years were recently cut tragically short.
  2. Honor the unsung style of member he was: the strictly local kind, content to do good work in their familiar, comfortable corner of a much larger universe.
  3. Encourage county Farm Bureaus to do more of #2.

The ‘larger universe’ here is the greater Farm Bureau organization, with its award plaques, stage walks and grip-n-grin photos, all in the name of recognizing the indispensable work of outstanding members and counties. In an organization reliant on the efforts of volunteers, recognizing those efforts is essential.

The ‘one specific man’ in this case never saw any of that, simply because he neither sought nor desired it. He is — was — Dale Frisque, who died Aug. 5 at the age of 59, the sole casualty of a fire at the cedar mill where he’d worked his whole adult life.

That mill is in the center of Menominee County, anchoring the south end of Carney, where Dale grew up, attended high school and was the third generation to work his family’s farm. He inherited Frisque Hilltop Farms in the wake of his father’s death, and completed its transition from dairy to beef, hay and oats.

“That was my grandparents’ farm — the farm my mother grew up on,” remembers longtime Menominee leader Pete Kleiman, a first cousin of Frisque’s.

“Dale never did get married; he stayed on the farm with his mother, raised hay, corn, oats to feed the beef… Some chickens, ducks… Sold round bales in the winter to horse people.

“Kind of an old-fashioned farm, really.”

Wasn't Like That

He joined Farm Bureau in 2001, launching an impressive track record of involvement in membership events, annual meetings and other activities central to the organization.

“I was the one who talked Dale into running for the county board in the first place,” Kleiman said. “We were looking for somebody from that area; it’s hard to find folks there.”

With a regular job in town and the farm only a couple miles away, Frisque was busy but always nearby and ready to help.

“He was kind of a homebody and involved in the community as best he could — the Lions and the church and sports clubs.”

And he brought that same sturdy reliability to the Menominee County Farm Bureau board, Kleiman recalls:

“He wasn’t a board member who… Y’know some people come onto a board with an agenda and ‘Once I get done what I want to get done, I’m gone.’

“Dale wasn’t like that. He showed up every month and he was willing to offer his opinion about how to proceed with something and if he didn’t think it was a good idea, he’d say so.

“He was just never going to be that person to serve on a state committee — that just wasn’t something he wanted to do. But when we did Breakfast on the Farm we could always count on him to be there on the weekend to help out.”

Plenty to Do 

The same held true at the mill, where Dale knew every facet of the operation and could always be counted on, even when it meant stepping away for a bit.

“At the mill when things slowed down and they needed somebody to take a week off, Dale was always willing to take a voluntary leave because he always had plenty to do back on the farm,” Kleiman said.

The mill was Peterson Brothers when he started there as a teenager, then Gilbert & Bennet, then Superior Cedar after a group of its own employees bought the place. Over the years it dealt in pulpwood and fence posts and bark mulch — mountains of mulch, feeding city folks’ garden beds by the semi load.

And in an instant, innocent sawdust turned into a lethal inferno.

Most Don't Know

News of Dale’s loss came promptly the next morning, Aug. 6, straight into the gut of MFB’s state staff convening online for an informal weekly meeting. The messenger was Craig Knudson, our seasoned Regional Manager in the Upper Peninsula.

“Most of you probably don’t know him,” he started, before announcing the loss in the succinct, economic way we do when those left behind are still wondering how and why.

That Frisque’s name was unfamiliar even to longtime MFB staffers came as no surprise to Knudson, who’d shepherded Dale’s involvement for almost two decades.

“Dale’s an example of a traditional county Farm Bureau board member: Their world is their county — they’re dedicated,” Knudson said, his voice growing bolder, more insistent.

“You won’t see them at State Annual Meeting, but they’re dedicated to the county Farm Bureau at the local level.

“That’s where Dale fit in.”

Moral of the Story

Our society rewards ambition and glorifies ladder-climbing heroes striving for greatness that skeptical observers may dismiss as out of reach. On the flip side of that, we can overlook those of more moderate aspirations: “Big fish in a small pond” is not a compliment.

The message for county Farm Bureaus is simple: Be sure to support your quiet journeymen, low-profile workhorses and behind-the-scenesters who get things done outside the limelight.

An industry that values humility can’t forget to honor the humble.

The ‘larger universe’ here is the greater Farm Bureau organization, with its award plaques, stage walks and grip-n-grin photos, all in the name of recognizing the indispensable work of outstanding members and counties. In an organization reliant on t

The Emmet County Farm Bureau’s member-appreciation event, a drive-through dinner hosted by the Petoskey Culver’s restaurant, earned it District 11’s Champion of Excellence honors in Grassroots Innovation. Pictured above are Emmet leaders Ben Blaho (left) and Bill McMaster

Michigan Farm Bureau recently announced the winners of this year’s Champions of Excellence Awards, acknowledging county Farm Bureaus’ efforts toward engaging their membership and their innovative means of doing so.

Altogether this year 37 county Farm Bureaus applied for a total of 45 Champions awards in two updated categories: Grassroots and Involvement, each going above and beyond creating innovative and effective member programming.

Counties were also evaluated on their involvement statistics throughout the recently concluded membership year.

Here are our 2021 Champions of Excellence winners, by district:

Grassroots

  • District 1: Cass County Farm Bureau
  • District 2: Jackson County Farm Bureau
  • District 3: Washtenaw County Farm Bureau
  • District 4: Ionia County Farm Bureau
  • District 5: Clinton County Farm Bureau
  • District 6: Lapeer County Farm Bureau
  • District 7: Mecosta County Farm Bureau
  • District 8: Isabella County Farm Bureau
  • District 9: Mason County Farm Bureau
  • District 10: Gladwin County Farm Bureau
  • District 11: Emmet County Farm Bureau
  • District 12: Iron Range Farm Bureau

Involvement

  • District 1: Berrien County Farm Bureau
  • District 2: Calhoun County Farm Bureau
  • District 3: Oakland County Farm Bureau
  • District 4: Kent County Farm Bureau
  • District 5: Shiawassee County Farm Bureau
  • District 6: Lapeer County Farm Bureau
  • District 7: Osceola County Farm Bureau
  • District 8: Saginaw County Farm Bureau
  • District 9: Mason County Farm Bureau
  • District 10: Huron Shores Farm Bureau
  • District 11: Cheboygan County Farm Bureau
  • District 12: Iron Range Farm Bureau

One state-level winner in each category will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced at MFB’s 2022 Council of Presidents’ Conference, Feb. 2-3 in Midland.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding county Farm Bureaus for their exemplary work throughout the 2020-21 membership year!

The ideas and events submitted through the Champions of Excellence Awards process will be shared with all county Farm Bureaus so everyone can strive toward the greatness our winners have achieved.

Michigan Farm Bureau recently announced the winners of this year’s Champions of Excellence Awards, acknowledging county Farm Bureaus’ efforts toward engaging their membership and their innovative means of doing so.

Beyond all the tour hosts and expert speakers, Growing Together attendees enjoy ample opportunity to learn from perhaps their most highly esteemed and trusted resources: each other.
 

Farm Bureau members from across the state will converge Feb. 18-20 at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids next winter for MFB’s 2022 Growing Together Conference, where the Voice of Agriculture and Young Farmer Leaders Conference collide!

Open to regular members of all ages, Growing Together focuses on the common ground shared by Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Promotion & Education programs. Attendees will take home new ideas and resources to incorporate into their county programming — everything from reinvigorating youth programming and facilitation tips to human resource applications for your farm business and managing the ups & downs of rural life.

Keynote speaker Bruce Boguski will set the stage with a presentation about how to alter our belief systems and bolster confidence en route to success. Attendees will discover the advantages of a positive attitude and use that knowledge to change frustration and negativity into a ‘can-do’ environment.

Growing Together also offers members opportunities to network during tours, at receptions and during evening entertainment. This year, all Friday tours will converge at the Grand Rapids Public Museum for a private viewing and reception with heavy hors devours. Those looking to keep the evening going can participate in a virtual GooseChase scavenger hunt, completing challenges while enjoying downtown Grand Rapids, complete with prizes for the most points earned!

A pre-dinner reception on the second night will include a county leader reception where county Young Farmer and P&E chairs and co-chairs will be recognized for their leadership. Following that dinner will be an evening of casino fun, where the only required experience will be knowing how to have a fun, laid-back time with friends old and new!

In a new option, 2022 Growing Together attendees can choose between two Friday agendas: the Take Root Farm Succession and Estate Planning Seminar (at a discounted $50 rate) or the customary tour of regional agriculture sites.

Registration will be open Jan. 3-14. Contact your county Farm Bureau to reserve your spot and stay up-to-date at http://www.michfb.com/growingtogether

Farm Bureau members from across the state will converge Feb. 18-20 at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids next winter for MFB’s 2022 Growing Together Conference, where the Voice of Agriculture and Young Farmer Leaders Conference collide!

Coming Events

DateEvents
February2022
Wednesday
2
2022 Council of Presidents Conference
111 W Main St
Midland, MI
This is the annual conference for county Farm Bureau presidents.  The conference provides and opportunity to: * Meet peers from across the state * Help guide new county presidents as they take on their new role * Learn current state and national organization issues and develop leadership skills