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Growing Together Conference

Sprouts Growing from seed

Growing stronger, growing bolder, growing as leaders...

Open to members of any age, the Growing Together conference provides new ideas, farm business resources, leadership development and much more to Farm Bureau members! 

Members who are interested in improving their communication skills, promoting Michigan agriculture, teaching school children about agriculture or furthering their farm business with the latest technologies should attend. Members involved in county Promotion and Education, Young Farmer or Communications programs are encouraged to participate.

Registration open January 3-14, 2022 

Full Registration Includes: 

  • A tour on Friday, February 18 (includes dinner). Tour spots available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
  • Overnight accommodations for Friday and Saturday, based on double occupancy. 
  • Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast, both meals and snacks 
  • Conference T-shirt 
  • Conference materials 
  • Parking 

Child Policy: Children up to 2 years old (24 months), are not required to pay for conference registration. Children over 2 must register and will be charged a meal fee. However, conference programming may not be suited for children under 18. Anyone under 18 cannot fill a Core Program slot. 

CONTACT YOUR COUNTY FARM BUREAU OFFICE TO REGISTER

TOURS

All tour options will end with a dinner reception at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. 

Due to liability and facility limitations, personal vehicles are not permitted to follow tour buses. Anyone under 18, including infants and toddlers, is not permitted to attend the optional Friday tours due to liability and facility limitations. 

 

 

Autumn in Grand Rapids Michigan

Whether this is your first time in Grand Rapids or your 100th, take some time to learn about the city. From the history of the Pantlind Hotel to the Grand River, to Heritage Hill, a city tour guide will join us as we drive around town, sharing knowledge of the past and present. Then, visit Fredrick Meijer Gardens for a behind the scenes tour of the on-site greenhouses that supply these majestic gardens. Hear from the horticulture staff what it takes to maintain the landscapes, sculptures and indoor exhibits. Then, take some free time to wander the indoor spaces.  

Charlotte potato

Planning to include a maple syrup station at your next Project RED? Have you used the Potato Ag Mag during a classroom visit? Maybe your Young Farmers are hosting a county wide farm tour for high school students. Whatever your teaching method, this tour will offer you tips and tricks when reaching audiences of all ages.  Visit a sugar shack and explore maple syrup resources from the Agriculture in the Classroom website. Tour a potato farm to watch how potatoes are processed while learning how to safely provide tours for large groups on your own farm. Educating others about agriculture can get sticky, but with the right tools and techniques it can flow pretty smooth!

Smoked Meats

Two engineers go on a fishing trip and…find out how locally owned Grilla Grills got started in the grill and pellet smoker business. Hear from their in-house chef how to perfectly smoke cuts of meat, trends in grilling and what the home-BBQ chef is looking for in locally raised and butchered meats. Round out the tour learning more about consumer purchasing preferences and direct from farm sales. 

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Farmers walking in field with kids on shoulders

Take Root Seminar

Looking for help navigating the transition of a family farm business to the next generation? The 2022 Take Root Conference, a statewide farm succession and estate planning event, precedes Growing Together on Feb. 18 and is available at a discounted rate of $50 for Growing Together attendees and will take place before and during tours. For more information on how to register for Take Root and the speaker line-up, visit the Take Root website

Due to liability and facility limitations, personal vehicles are not permitted to follow tour buses. Anyone under 18, including infants and toddlers, is not permitted to attend the optional Friday tours due to liability and facility limitations. 

Casino Night

Evening Entertainment

Ultimate GooseChase Challenge  

Get your competitive on for this ultimate scavenger hunt. Pick and choose strategically which GooseChase challenges you'll complete while enjoying downtown Grand Rapids. Individuals with the most points will receive great prizes! 

Casino Night  

It might not be Vegas, but try your hand at Roulette, Craps, Blackjack, or Texas Hold’em without risking your own cash. All in good fun, join in a game or watch the action while enjoying a cash bar and snacks. 

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.

County Leadership Reception

Don’t miss your chance to rub elbows with leaders from across the state! County Farm Bureau Young Farmer and P&E chairs and co-chairs will be invited to this exclusive recognition reception. This will be a time to celebrate our outstanding leaders, honor their service and provide an opportunity to build relationships and socialize with their peers. 

AGENDA

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

With 29 sessions covering leadership development; ag education; consumer outreach; farm business management; farm production; Michigan Farm Bureau updates; technology; and health and safety, attendees will get their fill on the latest professional development. Session descriptions coming soon! 

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