Wayne County Farm Bureau News

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

Rebecca Gulliver

Last year was tough and we’re all eager for 2021. Even if the New Year isn’t magical it still gives us a sense of light at the end of the tunnel and a new beginning. With that new beginning, one thing remains the same: We’re still all in this together — and we’re always stronger together.

American Farm Bureau Federation’s Virtual Convention concluded this week with that theme: Stronger Together. Over the course of five days convention sessions were held, Young Farmers competed, awards and recognitions were given, and live sessions were facilitated.

One of these sessions, Farm State of Mind – Responding to the Challenges of Rural Mental Health, reminded us to lean on one another for support and check in on our friends, even the strong ones.

This workshop was a farmer panel (pictured above) led by Colorado Farm Bureau member Chad Vorthmann. Each panelist shared their own personal stories about how mental health, stress and suicide touched their lives and communities: Robin Kinney from American Farm Bureau Federation; Randy Roecker of Rolling Acres, LLC; Marshall Sewell, Bayer Crop Science; and Meredith Bernard from This Farm Wife Inc. all helped break down barriers in a real conversation on a tough topic.

A consistent need for adequate mental health care in rural America — and professionals who know how to work with farmers and their unique challenges — was made very clear throughout.

Bernard mentioned how farmers are all big-time gamblers without ever hitting the casino or buying a lottery ticket — and we all know that’s the truth! Between the weather, erratic commodity prices and the constant pressure of maintaining a multi-generational legacy, farmers carry a lot of stress and anxiety with them every day. Add to that the common “go it alone” mentality many have come to work under as the problem solvers and entrepreneurs all farmers are.

Before the panel opened up for questions, each panelist shared some powerful takeaways from their conversation.

Roecker, who overcame a battle with depression following the dairy crash of the 1980s, shared that farmers need to support each other, if only because we all understand the uniqueness of agriculture. It takes proactively checking in with one another regularly, even your strong friends.

Bernard lost a friend by suicide and reminded her virtual audience that none of us are ever really alone: we are worthy, our lives matter, our stories matter, and that no one should suffer in silence. Seek a friend!

Sewell reflected on what he would have said to his dad the last time he saw him alive, prior to taking his own life, and how he would strive to find the good things in the day and the value we all add: the world may be crammed with people, but it still needs YOU.

Kinney stressed the importance of a mental wellness check being part of a normal, physical health check. We check the oil in our tractors and address routine equipment maintenance, so don’t forget to do the same with ourselves.

Not sure where to start? Uncomfortable with the topic of farm stress and mental health? Rural Resilience Training provides a comprehensive understanding and is a great place to start. This program is a partnership with American Farm Bureau and the National Farmers Union, and facilitated by Michigan State University Extension.

Meredith said it best: “When people feel seen, they get help.” So let’s not be blinded by everything that’s going wrong in our world. Let’s check in with each other — even our strong friends.

Rebecca Gulliver is MFB’s Regional Manager in the Saginaw Valley (District 8) and a member of our Farm Stress & Mental Health team.

Resources

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
  • Avera Health Farm and Rural Stress Hotline: 800-691-4336
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 800-662-HELP
  • Crisis text line: text HOME to 741741
  • FarmStateOfMind.org
Last year was tough and we’re all eager for 2021. Even if the New Year isn’t magical it still gives us a sense of light at the end of the tunnel and a new beginning. With that new beginning, one thing remains the same: We’re still all in this togethe




The 2020 #SpeakAgMichigan Challenge supported by the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture recognized the top ten high school FFA chapters and top three Collegiate Farm Bureau members with $7,000 in cash prizes.

This year’s challenge was a twist on the traditional award program, which recognizes FFA chapters and collegiate members for ag-literacy efforts in their communities, sharing a basic understanding of producing food, fuel and fiber. With schools closed last spring, limiting the ability to provide programming in person, #SpeakAgMichigan turned to social media, challenging high school students and Collegiate Farm Bureau members to engage with consumers, develop advocacy skills and earn some funds for their chapter! 

The purpose of the #SpeakAgMichigan Challenge was to develop and implement a four-month social media challenge highlighting designated commodities — the ones focused on in our Fall Teacher FARM Crate subscription boxes: apples (September), pumpkins (October), turkeys (November) and Christmas Trees (December).

From demonstrating a piece of equipment related to the commodity to visiting a farm to offering a recipe or growing tip, our top-10 high school FFA chapter winners and their competitors together laid out a thorough plan to accurately and effectively connect with consumers.

“My students learned a TON through these challenges,” said Ashley FFA Advisor Amber McAllister. “They’re collaborating online to collect information and debating which is best to share with our community, as well as growing leaps and bounds in technology!

“This has been a fantastic learning experience for us.”

Help us congratulate our winners and participants in both divisions by liking their pages and supporting their efforts:

FFA Chapters

Collegiate Farm Bureaus

  • First Place ($500): Madelyn Cary, Gratiot County; MSU Main Campus
  • Second ($300): Michael Ceja, Gratiot County; Delta Collegiate
  • Third ($200): Jewel Lantis, Livingston County; MSU Main Campus Collegiate

In the collegiate division, cash awards were awarded to the top three Collegiate members and their respective Collegiate Farm Bureau chapters.

The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, is a 501(c)3 governed by Michigan Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors, positively contributes to the future of Michigan agriculture through leadership and educational programming.

For more information, contact MFB High School and Collegiate Programs Specialist Katie Eisenberger.

 
The 2020 #SpeakAgMichigan Challenge supported by the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture recognized the top ten high school FFA chapters and top three Collegiate Farm Bureau members with $7,000 in cash prizes.

Farmers After Hours’ next series, Boosting Your Bottom Line, will build on the financial foundation laid during the previous series, Financial Fundamentals and Profitability. This iteration will explore business planning, connect individuals with grant or loan sources and explain USDA resources and programming.

Live panels flank a series of five mini-sessions where subject-matter experts dive into resources and information to bolster farms and agribusinesses. Each live panel allows participants to join anonymously and ask questions of presenters.

Tune in at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays to catch fresh content, or catch up by checking out MFB’s YouTube channel. Here’s an overview of our next series:

  • Jan. 20 — Live farmer panel; register via Webex
  • Jan. 27 — Building Your Business Plan; GreenStone
  • Feb. 3 — Exploring Funding Sources
  • Feb. 10 — Decoding USDA Programs
  • Feb. 17 — Tips for Low Interest Loan Applicants; GreenStone 
  • Feb. 24 — Grant Dollars: The Do’s and Don’ts
  • March 3 — Live expert panel; register via Webex

The Farmers After Hours series is a special project of the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, in partnership with GreenStone Farm Credit Services. The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, a 501(c)3 formed by Michigan Farm Bureau, has a mission of positively contributing to the future of Michigan agriculture through leadership and educational programming.

Farmers After Hours’ next series, Boosting Your Bottom Line, will build on the financial foundation laid during the previous series, Financial Fundamentals and Profitability. This iteration will explore business planning, connect individuals with gra

Upcoming Events

DateEvents
March2021
Friday
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Wayne County Pesticide Training and Review Class
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
Belleville, MI
This class will offer 8 pesticide re-certification credits in the categories of; Private core, Commercial core, 1A, 1B, 3A, 3B and 6. You must attend ENTIRE class for credits.