MFB LLS | Issue Sessions Round 2
Michigan Farm Bureau Voice of Agriculture conference
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february, 2020

tue25feb3:15 pmIssue Sessions Round 23:15 pm


(Tuesday) 3:15 pm


Lansing Center meeting rooms on 1st and 2nd floor


Event Details

Sessions will cover relevant legislative or regulatory issues impacting farms and agribusinesses. Potential topics in 2020 include environmental policy and water use, state budget items pertinent to the agriculture sector, 2020 election preview, grassroots advocacy resources and more!


State Funding: Agricultural & Rural Economy Impacts

Rooms 101-102

Rebecca Park, Legislative Counsel; Andrew Vermeesch, Legislative Counsel

Attend this session to explore Michigan’s economic forecasts, Governor Whitmer’s budget priorities, political dynamics in the Legislature and how those items translate into impacts on agriculture department funding, research funding within MSU and the overall rural economy.

Michigan: Water (Issue) Wonderland

Rooms 103-104

Matt Smego, Associate Director, MFB Public Policy and Commodity Division 

Water is a defining feature of our state and is the fabric of ev ery living creature. Attend this session to hear about water policies being developed and considered in Lansing. Whether it’s limiting nutrient application to improve water quality or giving water use decisions to public opinion, these policy recommendations could have a lasting impact on how you farm now and in the future. Join us to learn what you can do to educate lawmakers on the positive and negative impacts of the proposals.

‘Ag’vocacy: If not us, who? If not now, when?

Rooms 201-202

Randy Dwyer, Director of Grassroots Advocacy & Development, American Farm Bureau Federation 

Randy will share his experience and resources to help you and your county Farm Bureau better influence legislators and regulators at the l ocal, state and federal level. He’ll cover the significance of relationships wit h elected officials amid a divided government, how to best communicate with legislators and regulators who may be easily influenced by activists or don’t ha ve an agriculture background, and tips for using social media as part of your advocacy strategy.

An Inside Look at the 2020 Election

Rooms 203-205

Patrick Haggerty

Washington, D.C. media, legislative and political veteran Patrick Haggerty will provide a look at the 2020 presidential race, Congressional races and governor races. He has been a staffer on two Presidential campaigns and a U.S. Senate campaign. In addition, he has a deep working knowledge of production agriculture. He is also the Washington, DC reporter for the 60-minute weekly newscast, This Week in AgriBusiness on RFD-TV.

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