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After careful consideration, the Wayne County Farm Bureau Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to move the County Annual Meeting to a virtual platform. As excited as we were to put on this event face to face, the public health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers outweighed any other considerations in our collective decision-making process.


After careful consideration, the Wayne County Farm Bureau Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to move the County Annual Meeting to a virtual platform. As excited as we were to put on this event face to face, the public health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers outweighed any other considerations in our collective decision-making process.

The event will be held virutally via the Zoom platform on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 6:30pm

Please RSVP so that we know you plan to attend!  

Once you RSVP you will be given important meeting documents and the virtual link to join.

Please contact Stephanie Campbell at [email protected] or 734-459-1855 no later than August 21, 2020.

After careful consideration, the Wayne County Farm Bureau Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to move the County Annual Meeting to a virtual platform. As excited as we were to put on this event face to face, the public health and safet
Farm Bureau Insurance

Right now, we could all use a little reassurance, comfort, and support. At Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan, we care about Michigan. When members choose Farm Bureau as their insurance provider, they become more than just an insured—they become part of our family and a valued member of our state’s largest farming organization. Today we are proud to do our part to help them and our communities across the state.

As part of our ongoing We’re in This Together initiative, we’ve developed an Economic Give Back program, which will give back over $5 million to members across the state as they support local businesses in our communities. The initiative is designed to give back to you and local communities in several ways, including:

Gives Back to Members: More than 215,000 Farm Bureau members, comprised of auto insureds and others, will immediately enjoy a meal on us at over 1,200 local restaurants,

Honors First Responders: Farm Bureau will fund an additional 18,000 meals (15 at each of the 1,200 restaurants) specifically for first responders, and

Invests in Local Business: Many of our farmer members supply food to restaurants across the state. Local restaurants, and small businesses in general, are the backbone of our communities. In normal times, restaurants are where we all gather with friends and family to socialize, celebrate, and conduct business. They are always there for us. Now, it’s our turn to be there for them.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Members will receive a voucher for $25 to use at any one of the participating Michigan restaurants.
  • Vouchers are valid from the date they are received and expire at 11:59 p.m. on July 31, 2020.
  • Vouchers may only be redeemed once—and must be given to the restaurant at the time of purchase. Members should plan to spend their $25 voucher in its entirety or forgo the remaining unused portion.

It’s that easy—members will enjoy a meal on us at one of their favorite local restaurants while knowing they’ve just helped support their community.

More information can be found here.

As part of our ongoing We’re in This Together initiative, we’ve developed an Economic Give Back program, which will give back over $5 million to members across the state as they support local businesses in our communities.
Wayne County Farm Bureau

Wayne County Farm Bureau is offering TWO $500.00 scholarships for qualified individuals. Please see here for requirements and application - deadline is May 15, 2020.
Wayne County Farm Bureau will award two $500.00 scholarships to qualified individuals who pursue a degree in any field of study, with a preference given to agriculture related fields.

State News



County Farm Bureau policy development teams are well into their yearly process of crafting resolutions that ultimately become the policy guiding Michigan Farm Bureau’s legislative and regulatory work year-round. Numerous electronic resources are available to help members engage in a variety of ways.

Probable Issue Briefs: To help members get discussion and ideas flowing, Farm Bureau staff prepare briefs on emerging issues and hot topics impacting the agriculture sector. Briefs this year include:

Current Policy: The 2021 MFB and AFBF policy books are available to search and download if members are considering amendments to existing language.

Submit your ideas: Use this form to submit ideas or amendments throughout the year.

Policy Development Process: Once compiled, hundreds of resolutions from Michigan’s 65 county Farm Bureaus will be considered by a 21-member state-level policy development committee. The final slate of policies is then considered by voting delegates at MFB’s annual meeting in Grand Rapids.

State Policy Development Committee: The committee consists of 20 members: one from each of the 11 districts; three at-large; three representing the State Young Farmer Committee; and three representing the MFB Board of Directors.

Looking to learn more about policy development? Contact your county Farm Bureau.

County Farm Bureau policy development teams are well into their yearly process of crafting resolutions that ultimately become the policy guiding Michigan Farm Bureau’s legislative and regulatory work year-round. Numerous electronic resources are avai

If you have never had the chance to attend a district-level Young Farmer Discussion Meet, what you’ll find is: ambitious Young Farmers to network with; great conversation around important agricultural topics; and a chance to build your leadership resume with Michigan Farm Bureau.

Discussion meets date back to the 1940s and are designed to replicate a committee meeting in which Farm Bureau members, ages 18-35, explore an agricultural topic and discuss how to address it. The conversations not only help participants improve their speaking skills, but also generate exciting new ideas on key industry issues.

This year’s district-level topics focus on mental health and farm safety:

  1. Studies show more farmers and farm families are experiencing stress and mental health issues. What can farmers, ranchers and Farm Bureau do to proactively promote good mental health in both themselves and their communities?
  2. Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries. What can we, as young farmers and ranchers, do to create a more preventative, rather than reactive, approach to farm safety in our communities?

Don’t miss this opportunity to have some fun and connect with Young Farmers in your area:

  • District 1 — Aug. 14 with trap shoot & cornhole tournament; St. Joseph County Conservation and Sportsman Club, Sturgis; contact Sarah Pion, 269-377-4841
  • District 2 — Aug. 5 with trap shoot; Big 9 Sportsmen’s Club, Concord; contact Kim Kerr, 269-967-3759
  • District 3 — Aug. 14; Planters Paradise & Floral Gardens, Macomb; contact Hannah Meyers, 616-485-4469
  • District 4 — Aug. 6; Zoom Farm Equipment, 7980 Pratt Lake Ave. SE, Alto; contact Lori Schrauben, 517-230-3462
  • District 5 — Aug. 21; Potter Park Zoo, Lansing; contact Clinton County Farm Bureau (989-224-9536), Eaton County Farm Bureau (517- 410-2438), Ingham County Farm Bureau (517-676-5578), Genesee County Farm Bureau (810-350-9513), Shiawassee County Farm Bureau (989-725-5174)
  • District 6 — Aug. 5 with golf outing; Grand Banquet & Conf. Center, Essexville; contact Beth Rupprecht, 989-640-6913
  • District 7 — Aug. 21 with golf outing; Waters Edge Golf Course, Fremont; contact Bridget Moore, 989-640-6973
  • District 8 — Aug. 14; Dow Diamond, Midland; contact Becca Gulliver, 989-708-1082
  • District 9 — Aug. 27; Iron Fish Distillery, Thompsonville; contact Nicole Jennings, 810-569-9610
  • District 10 — Sept. 18; Ogemaw County Fairgrounds, West Branch; contact Sonya Novotny, 248-420-2340
  • District 11 — Aug. 21; 3:30 p.m. sporting clays tournament, 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6 p.m. discussion meet; Charlevoix Rod & Gun Club, 11330 US-31, Charlevoix; contact Cole Iaquinto, 810-422-7322
  • District 12 — Aug. 31; Island Resort & Casino, Harris; contact Craig Knudson, 231-357-3864

District-level finalists will move on to participate in two rounds of virtual discussion Nov. 12. Those advancing to the Sweet Sixteen will participate in two in-person rounds at this year’s MFB State Annual Meeting, scheduled for Nov. 30 in Grand Rapids.

For more information, including videos on the parts of a discussion meet, visit www.michfb.com/YFDiscussionMeet.

 
If you have never had the chance to attend a district-level Young Farmer Discussion Meet, what you’ll find is: ambitious Young Farmers to network with; great conversation around important agricultural topics; and a chance to build your leadership res

Have you recently contributed to fight hunger in Michigan as a member of Michigan Farm Bureau? If so, you can be a part of this year’s Harvest for All campaign.

Created by the American Farm Bureau Federation, Harvest for All is a yearlong campaign encouraging Farm Bureau members across the country to work together to help fight hunger.

To inspire their fellow members to donate their time, produce and dollars, every year the state Young Farmer committee hosts Harvest for All, which distributes $1,000 back into local hunger-relief organizations.

This year sees some exciting changes to the contest.

The 2021 Harvest for All Contest will be tallied at the district, not county, level. The district with the highest total will win $1,000 dollars to donate to a food bank of their choice.

All 2021 calendar year donations of volunteer time, commodities, food and dollars given by members on behalf of Farm Bureau are reportable. (Activities that took place in November and December of 2020 are also accepted.)

The winning district will be recognized at the 2022 Growing Together Conference.

Contact your county Farm Bureau office by Dec. 31 to report donations and activity. The deadline for this year’s contest is December 31, however contributions should be reported to county Farm Bureau’s by December 1 to assist in timely reporting.

For more information on the contest and resources visit www.michfb.com/HarvestforAll.

Created by the American Farm Bureau Federation, Harvest for All is a yearlong campaign encouraging Farm Bureau members across the country to work together to help fight hunger.

Coming Events

DateEvents
September2021
Friday
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Wayne County Annual Meeting
Wayne County Fair Grounds
Belleville, MI
More information to come as details are finalized...