Calendar

Feb
26
Tue
Optional Morning Activities
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Participants may select one tour. Register early; limited spots are available!

State Capitol Building Walking Tour 9:00 a.m.

Departs the Lansing Center at 8:45 a.m.

Michigan Supreme Court Tour 9:30 a.m.

Departs the Lansing Center at 9:00 a.m.

Registration
Feb 26 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Lunch Program
Feb 26 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
  • Welcome – Carl Bednarski, President, MFB Board of Directors
  • Invocation – Bridgette Leach, District 1, MFB Board of Directors
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Adam Dietrich, Young Farmer Representative, MFB Board of Directors
  • Quality of Life Leadership Panel
    • Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development | Deputy Director, Dr. James Averill
    • Michigan Department of Natural Resources | Director Dan Eichinger
    • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality | Deputy Director Aaron Keatley
  • Excellence in Grass-roots Lobbying Award presentation
    • Ogemaw County Farm Bureau
  • Silver Plow Award presentations
    • Senator Tom Casperson
    • Senator Dan Lauwers
    • Representative Aaron Miller
Issue Sessions
Feb 26 @ 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.

Networking Break
Feb 26 @ 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Available on both the first and second floor in the concourse outside of meeting rooms.

Celebrate 100 years of Michigan Farm Bureau by enjoying our Centennial Chocolate Covered Cherry Ice Cream while you mingle with fellow Farm Bureau members!

Issue Sessions
Feb 26 @ 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Second 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.

Legislative Reception
Feb 26 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Please return to the banquet rooms for the legislative reception. Reference the maps hanging on the wall to find your region. When your legislator arrives, Farm Bureau staff will direct them to your county Farm Bureau members in the room.

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