Farm Bureau News

Karker Scholarship honors FB outreach pioneer

Posted on 9/3/2020
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

ACT NOW for cost savings on fall outreach materials

Posted on 9/3/2020
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

2020 annual meeting to take ‘hybrid-virtual’ format

Posted on 9/3/2020
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.

Livingston County Annual Meeting set for September 9th

Posted on 8/28/2020
Livingston County Farm Bureau will hold their Annual Meeting on September 9th. Materials will be made available via email if you cannot attend in person

Postponed discussion meets back on track

Posted on 8/7/2020
Young Farmer Discussion Meets originally scheduled for earlier this year resume this month, with Farm Bureau members ages 18-35 engaging in civil discourse on key agricultural topics of the day.

Farmers After Hours: Real Talk for Real People

Posted on 8/7/2020
Farmers After Hours is a series of real, genuine conversations about real, pressing problems for real, imperfect people. Tune in for one or all of them to connect with farmers and experts as they talk candidly about mental health and farm stress.

‘Ice cream social distancing’ among several safe county annual variations

Posted on 8/7/2020
County Farm Bureaus statewide are adapting their usual annual-meeting routines to meet the challenging circumstances 2020 continues to pose. Innovative approaches rooted in ensuring members’ safety from coronavirus are being weighed against each othe

Members stay connected despite distancing

Posted on 7/1/2020
Young Farmers at the county, district and state level have been using video conferencing tools to update each other on topical industry issues and more light-hearted topics like new animal additions and quarantine hobbies.

Farm Bureau, ag coalition challenge state's livestock permit

Posted on 7/1/2020
In late May, Michigan Farm Bureau, alongside a coalition of commodity organizations and more than 120 farms, took historic action to challenge the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s permit regulating the state’s large livest

We need your great ideas!

Posted on 7/1/2020
Submit your Farm Bureau policy idea and be entered to win a LG TONE PRO HBS-780 Wireless Stereo Headset.

Deadlines approaching for big 3 state awards

Posted on 6/3/2020
From a Muskegon County dairy farm through life’s most daunting crises, the “Popcorn Lady” of MFB’s annual meeting passes her legacy onto the next generation.

‘Saddle Up’ for MFB’s new virtual learning series

Posted on 6/2/2020
Over the next six months, members will have the opportunity to listen in as a group of Michigan Farm Bureau public policy specialists and industry professionals discuss critical agricultural topics through a virtual, laid-back atmosphere. They will l

How can your FB support the 2020 county fair?

Posted on 6/2/2020
With summer slowly creeping up, Farm Bureau members are adding county fairs to the long list of things COVID-19 has impacted — or just plain wrecked. Social distancing requirements, access to volunteers and technology, and remaining fiscally solvent

Local policy talks guarantee your voice, priorities are heard

Posted on 5/5/2020
Even as a global pandemic has brought much of our everyday lives to a screeching halt, we know farmers are still putting one step in front of the other (and we thank you!) As you are out and about on the farm this spring, remember your Farm Bureau or

Adversity spurs P&E invention

Posted on 5/4/2020
If that global pandemic has sidelined your usual ag-education efforts, here’s a healthy dose of resources for Promotion & Education volunteers itching to stay engaged in farm-friendly outreach.

Stress-management help is all around; help yourself!

Posted on 3/31/2020
The Agent Charitable Fund and Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan will donate $50,000 during the Million Meal Challenge and will match up to $50,000 in additional donations from members, clients and supporters.

The battlefields of Gettysburg served as the backdrop for the 2020 ProFILE leadership training

Posted on 3/31/2020
From a group of young Michigan professionals feeling the first warm rays of spring on their face after a long, cold winter, the upbeat chatter is to be expected.

MFB Family of Companies launches 'Million Meal Challenge' to support state's food banks

Posted on 3/31/2020
The Agent Charitable Fund and Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan will donate $50,000 during the Million Meal Challenge and will match up to $50,000 in additional donations from members, clients and supporters.

FFA Chapters receive $5,000 to influence consumers

Posted on 3/31/2020
The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture’s #SpeakAgMichigan award honored nine FFA chapters with a total of $5,000 during the Michigan FFA Convention, March 4 at Michigan State University.

Ag outreach ideas churn and flow at Voice of Ag

Posted on 3/6/2020
Beside some of the fastest moving water in the world, Farm Bureau members who attended the 2020 Voice of Agriculture Conference were flooded with new ideas and resources to boost their outreach efforts back home. Overlooking the churning St. Clair Ri

Discussion meets heat up in March

Posted on 3/6/2020
District-level discussion meets ramp up this spring and early summer, with the popular events engaging Young Farmers (ages 18-35) statewide in conversation about today’s most important agricultural topics.

2020 YFLC makes an impact with Young Farmers

Posted on 3/6/2020
Bombarded daily with poor crop forecasts and bankruptcy reports, it’s easy to worry the future of agriculture might be bleak, but that future looked bright — blinding, even — at this year’s Young Farmer Leaders Conference.

Nominate an Educator of the Year

Posted on 2/6/2020
Nominations for MFB’s 2020 Educator of the Year Award are due no later than Feb. 15.

Annual meeting ‘Popcorn Lady’ passes legacy onto next generation

Posted on 2/5/2020
From a Muskegon County dairy farm through life’s most daunting crises, the “Popcorn Lady” of MFB’s annual meeting passes her legacy onto the next generation.

Kalamazoo Co. FB earns 2020 Grassroots Lobbying Award

Posted on 2/5/2020
For its full-court press approach to addressing issues and keeping officials aware of Farm Bureau’s stances on them, the Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau has earned MFB’s 2020 Excellence in Grassroots Lobbying Award.

FB sponsoring D.C. Honor Flight for member WWII, Korea vets

Posted on 1/9/2020
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

Feb. 7 deadline to register for 2020 Lansing Legislative Seminar

Posted on 1/9/2020
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 members set 2020 policy

Posted on 12/10/2019
More than 400 delegates concluded deliberations Dec. 5 at Michigan Farm Bureau’s 100th annual meeting, establishing policy direction for priority state and national issues.

Committee-appointment season around the corner

Posted on 11/21/2019
With committee appointment season upon us, it’s a great time to look for new avenues of involvement in your county Farm Bureau!

Agriculture Awareness Day Planned for May 28, 2020

Posted on 10/25/2019
2020 will mark the 18th year Livingston County Farm Bureau has held an education day specifically targeted for elementary students.

Marston Named to 2020/2021 MFB ProFILE class

Posted on 10/25/2019
LCFB Vice President, Matt Marston, chosen for MFB 2020-21 ProFILE leadership class

MFB Redistricting: Impact on Elections at Annual Meeting

Posted on 10/3/2019
Michigan Farm Bureau’s pending redistricting plan means change is coming to the organization’s board of directors. The new 12-district arrangement takes effect at the beginning of 2019 Annual Meeting, Dec. 3-5 in Grand Rapids.

Ag Art Gallery to spotlight members’ creative side

Posted on 10/3/2019
Entries are ramping up for the inaugural Agricultural Art Gallery, a new fundraising effort of the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture debuting at MFB’s 100th Annual Meeting, Dec. 3-5 in Grand Rapids. The first-of-its-kind competition is looking to s

Policy newcomers embody next-level grassroots engagement

Posted on 10/3/2019
Newcomers to Michigan Farm Bureau’s state-level policy development committee came together for the first time Sept. 24 for a packed day of orientation and crash course on the issues they’re charged with sifting and sorting next month.

MFB redistricting takes effect at 2019 annual meeting

Posted on 10/3/2019
A redistricting of Michigan Farm Bureau districts will mean some real-world changes for members across the northern Lower Peninsula.