February 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

First round- Please choose one session

Farming As A Good Neighbor

Matt Kapp, Government Relations Specialist

Matt Smego, Government Relations Manager

Rooms 101-102

Attend this session to learn about Michigan’s Right to Farm Law and its application of science to protect farmers from nuisance claims. Also hear about the agriculture sector’s focus on water quality by utilizing proactive, voluntary conservation programs.

Legislators Are Consumers Too

Tonia Ritter, Education and Leadership Programs Manager

Rooms 103-104

As we usher in a brand-new group of legislators, it will be important to listen, ask questions, identify common values, and discuss and relate with them on issues. It isn’t much different than talking to any consumer about what we do in agriculture and why we do it; other than we do have some specific requests for support of legislative agendas. Join us for this session to learn more about how consumer conversation training can apply to building a trusted relationship with your elected officials.

State Government Funding Priorities and Economic Outlook

Rebecca Park, Legislative Counsel

Rob Anderson, Legislative Counsel

Rooms 201-202

Attend this session understand and examine economic forecasts in relation to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and research funding priorities within Michigan State University. Learn how to communicate with lawmakers about the importance of research opportunities and a strong and stable agriculture department.

Infrastructure: roads, bridges, energy, broadband and beyond

Andrew Vermeesch, Legislative Counsel

Rooms 203-205

Adequate infrastructure is key for economic prosperity and this holds true for agriculture. Whether it’s a sounds transportation system to get products to and from marketplace, or high-speed internet to stay up to date on market trends and data, farmer know firsthand the importance of infrastructure. Attend this session for an overview of the current state of Michigan’s infrastructure and learn about potential policy initiatives within the new Legislature.

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