2019 Growing Together Conference

2019 Growing Together Conference
This exciting conference is bringing together the Voice of Agriculture and Young Farmer Leaders Conferences. It will provide new ideas, farm business resources, leadership development, and much more!
  • Learn about business, technology, how to interact with consumers and agriculture issues facing the industry
  • Meet over 450 Farm Bureau members from across the state and industry experts
  • Help build confidence to ag-vocate for the industry and step up to fill leadership positions


Cancellations for the event must be made in writing by January 11th to avoid a no show fee. 

No show fees will be 
charged to the County Farm Bureau as follows:
Total cost to Core Program Spots:

   $490 Full Registration (based on double occupancy)
    - $250 One Day Registration (Saturday only)

Participant costs beyond Core Program Spots:
    - $490 Full Registration (based on double occupancy)
    - $250 One Day Registration (Saturday only)
    - $155 Additional Room Fee
 (per night)
    - $70 Tour

 

When
2/15/2019 - 2/17/2019
Where
187 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids 49503

Program

   

Friday, 15 February 2019

 
Additional information and registration is required on the next page.
Category
Optional Training
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2/15/2019 10:00 AM

Struggling with weed control on your farm? Interested in learning more about the new Xtend crop system? Attend this training to discover additional tips about resistance management and obtain your dicamba applicators certificate. We will cover spray requirements and record keeping to make sure you’re ready for this spring! Pre-registration preferred but not required with conference registration.
Category
Optional Training
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2/15/2019 10:00 AM

Celebrate Michigan Farm Bureau’s centennial by viewing agricultural artifacts at the Grand Rapids Public Museum Community Archives and Research Center. Mealtime plays a key role in any family’s history and our Farm Bureau family is no different. Visit Michigan Turkey Producers to learn how this farmer-owned co-op processes turkey for any occasion. Finally, envision the future at Herman Miller’s Greenhouse furniture manufacturing facility. Enjoy dinner at New Holland Brewing Company or Founders Brewing Company.
Category
Tour
Time
1:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2/15/2019 1:00 PM

As farmers and ag industry professionals, we do our part to feed the world day in and day out. Participate in a service project at Feeding America West Michigan to help put food on the tables of those in need. Stop by Meijer’s headquarters to hear about their commitment to marketing Michigan raised and processed products. End with dinner at The Knickerbocker by New Holland Brewing Company.
Category
Tour
Time
1:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2/15/2019 1:00 PM

Head toward Muskegon to Grand Valley State University’s Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute. The research facility serves students of all ages, educating about aquatic life and studying our Great Lakes ecosystems. The facility operates two research vessels which operate in the summer months out of ports in Muskegon and Grand Haven. Hear from researchers about projects to study our lakes.
Category
Tour
Time
1:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2/15/2019 1:00 PM

Michigan agriculture comes in all shapes and sizes. Family Farm and Home retails supplies for the backyard gardener, the longtime farmer and 4-H and FFA students. Hear how this Michigan-based company supports rural life across the Midwest. Next up, visit a horse boarding and training facility focusing on sport horses. Finally, make a stop at Heeren Brothers Produce, a third and fourth generation produce distribution facility which works to store, package and distribute fresh Michigan produce all year long. End the day with dinner at either Atwater Brewery or Vander Mill.
Category
Tour
Time
1:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2/15/2019 1:00 PM

Category
Tour
Time
1:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2/15/2019 1:00 PM

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