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Washtenaw's President, Joe Packard, at the Milan FFA Banquet

By Kathy Siler



WCFB President, Joe Packard, delivering his presentation.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Horning
via the WCFB Facebook page.
The Milan FFA Chapter held their annual banquet at Milan High School on Wednesday evening of April 10th. FFA advisor Tom Stahl along with about 50 students, families, and past FFA members were in attendance. On behalf of Washtenaw County Farm Bureau our president, Joe Packard, presented each of the five state award winners with a congratulatory card. During his brief presentation Joe encouraged and invited the students to transition their FFA leadership training into county and state Farm Bureau participation by becoming involved in the Young Farmer group. He highlighted multiple ways they can participate, including volunteering on various committees, participating in discussion meets, attending conferences, and networking and exploring job opportunities at the local, state, and national level through Farm Bureau participation.

Congratulations to these Milan FFA Chapter students who were recognized for their state awards at their Annual Banquet on Wednesday evening April 10th.




Outstanding Junior Awards:

John Bowerman
Carson Fuller

State Degrees:

Cassidy Bowerman
Mikayla Maurer
Ethan Schram

The Milan FFA Chapter held their annual banquet at Milan High School on Wednesday evening of April 10th.

Washtenaw County Farm Bureau News

Washtenaw's President, Joe Packard, at the Milan FFA Banquet

By Kathy Siler



WCFB President, Joe Packard, delivering his presentation.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Horning
via the WCFB Facebook page.
The Milan FFA Chapter held their annual banquet at Milan High School on Wednesday evening of April 10th. FFA advisor Tom Stahl along with about 50 students, families, and past FFA members were in attendance. On behalf of Washtenaw County Farm Bureau our president, Joe Packard, presented each of the five state award winners with a congratulatory card. During his brief presentation Joe encouraged and invited the students to transition their FFA leadership training into county and state Farm Bureau participation by becoming involved in the Young Farmer group. He highlighted multiple ways they can participate, including volunteering on various committees, participating in discussion meets, attending conferences, and networking and exploring job opportunities at the local, state, and national level through Farm Bureau participation.

Congratulations to these Milan FFA Chapter students who were recognized for their state awards at their Annual Banquet on Wednesday evening April 10th.




Outstanding Junior Awards:

John Bowerman
Carson Fuller

State Degrees:

Cassidy Bowerman
Mikayla Maurer
Ethan Schram

The Milan FFA Chapter held their annual banquet at Milan High School on Wednesday evening of April 10th.

Farm Safety Day

By Kathy Siler

Recent tragic events in our community, including the farming accident and death of Rex Hannewald, who was a dear friend to many in our own county, and the Sugar Shack fire at McLennan’s, are stark reminders of the dangers inherent in farming activities, especially when working with or around farming implements. Our family-focused Farm Safety Day on April 6 offered attendees the opportunity to learn about tractor safety, grain and wagon safety, animal safety, fire safety, first aid, and small equipment safety. We hope you and your family were able to join us for this timely and critically important event.

Our thanks to Jake and Blake, firefighters and EMTs, from Saline Area Fire Department for all the useful information they shared at our Safety Day. Attendees got a close look at rescue and fire-fighting equipment on the truck. The presenters reminded folks to Stop Drop and Roll if clothing catches fire. They also demonstrated how to safely and effectively use a fire extinguisher: PULL the pin out of the handle. AIM the hose at the base of the fire; not at the flames. SQUEEZE the lever. SWEEP the hose from side to side.

A debt of thanks to our Farm Bureau Insurance agents who
partnered with us for the Farm Safety Day.
Pictured: Lindsay Lumpford of the Lumpford Agency and
Rick Eder of the Rick Eder Agency.


The “Make a First Aid Kit” was a busy station at the Farm Safety Day. Contents included bottled water, gloves, 2 sizes of band aids, burn cream, gauze, and alcohol prep pads, as well as a “first aid kit” sticker to identify the container.

Some great photos from our Farm Safety Day courtesy of Cathy Koning. Thanks to all who attended and all the volunteers and presenters!



       


Our family-focused Farm Safety Day on April 6 offered attendees the opportunity to learn about tractor safety, grain and wagon safety, animal safety, fire safety, first aid, and small equipment safety. We hope you and your family were able to join us

Packard & Thelen shine on the Lucy Ann Lance Show!

By Kathy Siler


 Photo courtesy of the Lucy Ann Lance Show via the WCFB Facebook page.

Huge thanks to Lucy Ann Lance and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce for helping to spread the good word about agriculture on Lucy’s talk show this morning with a great informative interview with Nancy Diuble Thelen and Katelyn Packard.

Great job ladies!

In case you were unable to “tune in” on the radio; here’s a link to the Lucy Ann Lance show for her great interview with Nancy Thelen and Katelyn Packard. Thanks again, Lucy, for supporting agriculture in our county!

http://www.lance-erskine.com/audio/040119/saline.mp3


Huge thanks to Lucy Ann Lance and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce for helping to spread the good word about agriculture on Lucy’s talk show this morning

State News

Michigan Farm Bureau

The Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies is partnering with Talons Out Honor Flight to give Farm Bureau members who are veterans of World War II or the Korean War an opportunity to visit their respective war memorial in Washington D.C. and return to a welcome-home celebration May 9, 2020.  

The Family of Companies’ $25,000 pledge will allow for 24 veterans and 24 guardians to attend — two veteran-guardian pairs per district.

“This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our members who’ve served their country overseas in some of the most horrible conflicts of the 20th century,” said MFB President Carl Bednarski. “The Honor Flight is about commemorating them and their service, and our priority is on honoring the most senior of our member-veterans.

“As younger men and women, they were fortunate to survive wars halfway across the globe — then returned home to work the land and help build the greatest agricultural industry the world has ever known.”

All participating veterans must be accompanied by an able-bodied guardian, responsible for physically assisting veterans prior to and during the flights to and from D.C., and during visits to memorials and Arlington National Cemetery — an active, 18-hour day. (See preliminary agenda here.)

Guardians may not be spouses or significant others and must be between 18 to 70 years of age. To make the most of this rare opportunity, county Farm Bureaus are encouraged to find guardians who are also veterans themselves.

If a district has more than two nominees, they will be selected based on the order applications were received. County Farm Bureaus can sponsor additional veterans and guardians at a cost of $500 per person (totaling $1,000 per vet-guardian pair).

Separate application forms for veterans and guardians are under development and will soon be made available to county Farm Bureau offices.

Farm Bureau members who served in WWII or Korea are encouraged to apply directly to their county Farm Bureau. The county Farm Bureau must submit completed applications to [email protected] by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

For more information, contact Nicole Guilford (517-679-5665) or Jeremy C. Nagel (517-323-6585).

The Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies is partnering with Talons Out Honor Flight to give Farm Bureau members who are veterans of World War II or the Korean War an opportunity to visit their respective war memorial in Washington D.C. and return
Michigan Farm Bureau

Michigan Farm Bureau’s marquee grassroots lobbying event, Lansing Legislative Seminar, is slated for Feb. 25, 2020 and promises an exciting day for members passionate about advocating for agriculture and Farm Bureau policy and learning about state legislative and regulatory issues.

Members interested in participating are encouraged to contact their county Farm Bureau before the Feb. 7 registration deadline.

While the main program begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Lansing Center, members looking to arrive early to the capital city have options for starting their day.

State Capitol Building Tours 

If you’ve never been inside Michigan’s historic capitol building — or it’s just been a while — a visit won’t disappoint! Lansing Legislative Seminar attendees can take a free guided tour of the landmark.

Tours depart the Lansing Center at 8:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.; pre-registration is not required. It’s a quarter-mile walk to the capitol, so dress for the weather.

AgriPac Fundraiser 

MFB’s political action committee, AgriPac, welcomes members to show their support for the organization’s efforts to elect farm-friendly candidates by attending a fundraiser at 10:15 a.m. Special guest and political speaker Patrick Haggerty promises to entertain attendees while imparting his insight into the 2020 election and his expertise on grassroots advocacy. A $50 minimum contribution is required; personal checks should be made payable to AgriPac and business checks should be made payable to FarmPac. Credit card payments will be accepted on-site. Pre-registration is encouraged and available here. 

Luncheon Program 

Lansing Legislative’s hallmark lunch program will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. in the Lansing Center ballrooms, starting with opening remarks from MFB President Carl Bednarski.

The organization has invited the state’s four most influential legislative leaders for a panel discussion: House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), House Minority Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint).

One ambitious county Farm Bureau will also be recognized with MFB’s annual Excellence in Grassroots Lobbying Award. The recipient will receive a $500 grant and recognition plaque for outstanding efforts to inform and influence elected officials.

Issue Sessions and Networking Break 

That afternoon, members will choose breakout sessions to attend before and after a networking break (featuring MSU Dairy Store ice cream!)

Topics will include legislative or regulatory issues impacting farms and agribusinesses, including environmental policy and water use, state budget items pertinent to the farm sector, a 2020 election preview, grassroots advocacy and more.

Legislative Reception 

Starting around 4:30 p.m. state representatives, senators and dozens of other government and regulatory leaders will begin arriving for the legislative reception, where members will visit with elected officials and discuss current agricultural issues and Farm Bureau policy priorities.

Michigan Farm Bureau’s marquee grassroots lobbying event, Lansing Legislative Seminar, is slated for Feb. 25, 2020 and promises an exciting day for members passionate about advocating for agriculture and Farm Bureau policy and learning about state le
Michigan Farm Bureau

Do you know where the latest version of your membership card is?

Most of our members say they don’t carry the card or have an expired one in their wallet. As you can imagine, the membership packet and ID card are expensive items to produce. Each year, Michigan Farm Bureau mails more than 200,000 packets to members when they join or renew their membership.

In an effort to minimize some of those costs and provide timely member information, Michigan Farm Bureau will begin emailing the membership ID card to members with valid email addresses in 2020. The email will contain the same information and resources that are sent in the mailed packets but can be more easily accessed just by pulling up the email.

The email campaign will officially launch in early 2020.

So, next time you renew your membership, be sure to look to your email inbox. Your membership card will be right there waiting for you!

For more information, email our membership services department or call 517-323-6552.


 

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January2020
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2020 Council of Presidents Conference
111 W Main St
Midland,
Open to all county Farm Bureau presidents
February2020
Wednesday
5
2020 Voice of Agriculture Conference
800 Harker Street
Port Huron, MI
Learn new tools for connecting with consumers via social media, direct outreach, school-based events or news media at the Voice of Agriculture Conference. Hear from keynote speakers who understand the challenges of working in agriculture. Meet Farm Bureau members from across the state to share ideas for county programming. Tour agricultural businesses and farms in Michigan’s Thumb region

During the Centennial Celebration, June 14th at the Michigan Farm Bureau Center, Washtenaw's Centennial Flip Book was buried in a time capsule! Click on the links below to view what has been preserved for generations to come!