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Save the date for Farm Bureau local issue meetings

Branch County Farm Bureau leaders hold a policy discuss on issues like road funding, agricultural workforce, truck weights, water use, career and technical education programs and Right to Farm. Image credit: Michigan Farm Bureau
Date Posted: June 3, 2022

There’s never a shortage of issues facing our farm families, businesses, and communities – and we know these issues are ever changing. This makes the grassroots policy development process you, our members, endeavor upon each year, critical to our county Farm Bureau’s and Michigan Farm Bureau’s ability to survive and thrive.

As a member you have the right to share input and offer additions, changes, or deletions to the organization’s current policy book through the local policy development process. Part of this process includes district-wide policy development meetings that are happening throughout the summer.

Wondering what to expect? District policy development gatherings allow you to network, learn about challenges and opportunities facing the industry, and have productive discussions on how Farm Bureau can influence the direction or outcome of issues.

As details are confirmed, this article will be updated with dates, locations, times, and other relevant information. Reach out to the contacts listed to communicate your interest in participating.

We hope to see you at a meeting, or perhaps see you utilize one of the many digital resources available. As the saying goes, “action always beats intention” and your voice matters to the future of Michigan agriculture.

Locate your district here.

District 1
June 23, 6:30 p.m.
Daryl Griner's Shop, 13120 Born St., Jones
Contact: Sarah Pion, (269) 377-4841

District 2
July 21, 6:00 p.m.
Meckley's Flavor Fruit Farm, 11025 S. Jackson Rd., Cement City
Contact: Kim Kerr, (269) 967-3759

District 3
June 21, 6:00 p.m.
Fusilier Family Farm, 16400 Herman Rd., Manchester
Contact: Hannah Meyers, (616) 485-4469

District 4
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Contact: Lori Schrauben, (517) 230-3462

District 5
June 23, 6:30 p.m.
Ryan's Roadhouse, 902 E State St., Saint Johns
Contact: Nicole Jennings, (810) 569-9610

District 6
June 23, 6:30 p.m.
Beagio’s Restaurant, 5795 Sanilac Rd., Kingston
Contact: Becca Gulliver, (989) 708-1082

District 7
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Contact: Bridget Silvernail, (989) 640-6973

District 8
July 12, 6:00 p.m.
BRB Seed Services, 5759 S. Summerton Rd., Shepherd
Contact: Alex Schunk, (989) 824-0738

District 9
August 10, 6:00 p.m.
Ellen's Corners, 6052 M-115, Mesick
Contact: Kelsee Steenwyk, (810) 922-1866

District 10
July 12, 9:00 a.m.
Logan Township Hall, 4507 E M-55, Prescott
Contact: Sonya Novotny, (248) 410-2340

District 11
July 20, 5:00 p.m.
Charlevoix District Library, 220 Clinton St., Charlevoix
Contact: Matt Frollo, (989) 798-1663  

District 12
September 8, 6:30 p.m. EST
Big Boy, 1950 U.S. Hwy 41 W., Marquette
Contact: Craig Knudson, (231) 357-3864

Proposals developed at local meetings will be carried forward to county annual meetings where members will vote to pass the proposals on to the 21-member state-level policy development committee. The final slate of policies is then considered by voting delegates at MFB’s annual meeting, Nov. 29-30 in Grand Rapids.

Media Contacts
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Emily Reinart

Grassroots Policy Outreach Specialist
517-679-5337 [email protected]