Young Farmers from across the state will convene in Lansing Feb. 24-26 for MFB’s 2023 Young Farmer Leaders Conference.
Open to regular and Collegiate Farm Bureau members, ages 18-35, the Young Farmer Leaders Conference offers tours, networking and breakout sessions galore. Attendees are guaranteed to return home with new ideas and resources for incorporating into their county programming, businesses and relationships.
The conference kicks off with four Friday tour options including greenhouses at Michigan State University, community food systems, business redevelopment in Gratiot County and the Michigan Supreme Court. All tours finish at an evening dinner reception at Impression 5 Science Center in downtown Lansing, where members can explore exhibits while enjoying tasty eats.
The following day will be filled with district networking, almost a dozen engaging breakout options, a live auction to benefit Michigan Foundation for Agriculture and keynote speakers Jay and Laura Laffoon. The couple explores the challenges — and joys — of communicating effectively with business partners, family and friends while trying to thrive within agriculture, all the while using humor to balance the chaos with the light.
Dinner Saturday will be followed by Get Your Game On entertainment, a night full of team and individual games for attendees to try, including Putt-Putt Pantry. A take on mini-golf, Putt-Putt Pantry will bring districts together to donate food supplies and contribute to hunger relief, while building putt-putt holes out of groceries. District groups will try their hand at building a challenging course and taking top prizes, with all the supplies donated to hunger-relief agencies in the Lansing area.
The conference will wrap up with in-depth workshops Sunday morning on topics including work-life balance, DOT regulations, and a how-to guide for starting a direct-marketing venture.
Sound good? Visit www.michfb.com/yflc for full descriptions and more information.
Registration opens Jan. 3 and continues through Jan. 16. Contact your county Farm Bureau to secure your spot