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Chelsea Update

See the whole news article: Happy Belated 100th Birthday Al Ruhlig!

https://chelseaupdate.com/al-ruhligs-100th-birthday-celebrated-by-chelsea-senior-center/

Washtenaw County Farm Bureau News

Chelsea Update

See the whole news article: Happy Belated 100th Birthday Al Ruhlig!

https://chelseaupdate.com/al-ruhligs-100th-birthday-celebrated-by-chelsea-senior-center/
Kathy Siler, Washtenaw County Farm Bureau

Friday Fun Facts: Go Green! Beans!

✳️ Green Beans can be green (no surprise there), purple, yellow, or speckled.

✳️ As they grow, nitrogen is released into the soil, actually enriching the soil instead of stripping it.

✳️ They have been around since 5000 B.C., and grew wild in Central and South America.

✳️ Green Beans grown in both bush form and vine form. Bushes can reach up to 20 inches and vines can reach up to 10 feet long.

✳️ The bean pod used to have a long string that ran from end to end. It was genetically cultivated out of the plant in 1894 by botanist Calvin Keeney.

✳️ They grow from seeds, and reach maturation within 45 – 60 days.

✳️ They produce white, pink, and purple flowers. Their leaves are covered in tiny hairs, which trap bugs.

✳️Green beans are full of vitamins and minerals, and are a fascinating plant!

Adapted from: https://simplyplayfulfare.com

Green Beans can be green (no surprise there), purple, yellow, or speckled.
Washtenaw County Farm Bureau - Promotion & Education Committee



Thanks for sharing your Ag Story, Lee Blumenauer!

“My favorite fair experience is actually showing the livestock at the fair. It is a team sport. I have learned how to care for and train livestock.”

#ManchesterFairStories2020

“My favorite fair experience..."

State News


Marge Karker

Michigan Farm Bureau’s Marge Karker Scholarship offers three $1,000 awards to students enrolled in an agricultural program at Michigan State University. Applicants must be a dependent of a Farm Bureau member or have his/her own Farm Bureau membership in good standing.

Completed applications are due Oct. 1; forms and additional details are available online.

The Marge Karker Scholarship was established in the late 1960s to honor the former coordinator of MFB’s Women's Program. For 20 years she led Farm Bureau members in activities involving citizenship, health, education, legislation, public relations, safety and community improvement projects, all laying the groundwork for today’s Promotion and Education program.

Learn more about Karker here.

MFB staff contact: Amelia Miller , 517-679-5688

Michigan Farm Bureau’s Marge Karker Scholarship offers three $1,000 awards to students enrolled in an agricultural program at Michigan State University. Applicants must be a dependent of a Farm Bureau member or have his/her own Farm Bureau membership
Michigan Farm Bureau

Just because COVID’s sidelined the FARM Science Lab this fall doesn’t mean we can’t still boost students’ agricultural literacy. Michigan Farm Bureau is retooling programming and resources so our county Farm Bureaus can still share their agricultural expertise with teachers and students.

County Promotion & Education chairs should move fast to take advantage of cost-sharing opportunities for classroom outreach this fall. The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture is underwriting two cost-sharing options for helping you connect with local teachers.

  • Teacher Appreciation Care Packages ship directly to teachers and come with ag-accurate books; teacher guides; Michigan Ag Facts placemat; a small student gift and a treat for the teacher. Order now for $20 (half their value). Order by Sept. 4 for delivery in late September. Order by Oct. 1 for delivery in mid-October.
  • Farm Crate Monthly Classroom Kits for grades K-5 each feature a different monthly commodity theme, September through December. Each includes an ag-accurate book; Agriculture in the Classroom lesson resources; hands-on lesson and support materials for grades K-2 and 3-5; online extension activity; and a content-related gift or resource for the teacher. They’re $25 each (half their value) or order the full fall subscription and get the fourth month free ($75 total). Order by Oct. 1 to have the full subscription delivered.

Work with your P&E chair and county administrative manager to order through the Michigan Ag in the Classroom store subscription tab.

For more information, contact P&E Program Specialist Amelia Miller at 517-679-5688.

County Promotion & Education chairs should move fast to take advantage of cost-sharing opportunities for classroom outreach this fall. The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture is underwriting two cost-sharing options for helping you connect with local

In arguably the biggest maneuver yet to help ensure the health and safety of its members, Michigan Farm Bureau’s 101st annual meeting will take place largely online.

In an Aug. 27 memo to leaders across the Family of Companies, MFB President Carl Bednarski announced the board of directors “has made the tough decision to hold the 2020 State Annual Meeting in a hybrid-virtual format.

“Moving the meeting from a fully in-person experience to a virtual platform was our last choice,” Bednarski added, “but it will give us some unique opportunities to both reach more members and show our abilities to adapt to the current social position.”

The focus of the meeting this year will be essential business, as defined by the organization’s by-laws, and policy development. 

The meeting will convene virtually in three segments, beginning Nov. 4, 2020 and concluding Dec. 2, following this general outline:

NOV. 4 — Virtual State Annual Kick Off, to take place entirely online, allowing all MFB members to tune in and get updates from our organization’s state leaders:

  • President’s address
  • Rules Committee report
  • Credentials Committee report
  • CEO Report
  • Approval of the 2019 Annual Meeting minutes
  • Treasurer’s report

NOV. 9-19 — District Meetings will take place virtually or in person, based on COVID phase restrictions then in place for each district:

  • District Directors nominations and elections
  • Policy review
  • Delegate voting training

DEC. 2 — Business & Policy Development, to take place in person or virtually by district and based on COVID phase restrictions. MFB leadership and the State Policy Development Committee members will be in one location for the purpose of webcasting the proceedings.

  • Nomination and election of district, Young Farmer and P&E directors
  • Election of MFB President
  • Policy resolution discussion – reaffirmation style
  • Policy resolutions

Look for more details as they develop in Farm Gate and all your usual Farm Bureau communications channels.

“We appreciate your patience, support and above all, we appreciate your dedication to the organization,” Bednarski said.

In an Aug. 27 memo to leaders across the Family of Companies, MFB President Carl Bednarski announced the board of directors “has made the tough decision to hold the 2020 State Annual Meeting in a hybrid-virtual format.

Managing Farm Stress Resources

MSU Extension Program

"Taking care of crops and animals is hard on farmers and agribusiness professionals. Caring for your own health and wellness in this high-stress profession is often overlooked but is just as critical as caring for your farm business." - Michigan State University
Michigan Farm Bureau promotes the Farm Stress program created by MSU Extension and that information can be found by clicking on the link: Managing Farm Stress

National Suicide Prevention

Lifeline: 800-273-8255


Crisis Text Line:

Text HOME to 741741 for free support 24 hours a day


Avera Health Farm and Rural Stress

Hotline: 800-691-4336


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

(SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

 

Coming Events

DateEvents
September2020
Monday
28
2020 September WCFB Board of Directors Meeting
5095 Ann Arbor Saline Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
This is Washtenaw's Re-Organization meeting. The Board will vote on a new Executive Committee. Generally, the WCFB Board of Directors meet on the fourth Monday of the Month, unless otherwise indicated.

Opening your greenhouse and social distancing...

A set of COVID-19 safety posters designed specifically for use in and around Michigan greenhouses is available free of charge to Michigan Farm Bureau members finally opening their extremely seasonal businesses to customers and delivering their products in bulk to retailers.

The posters outline basic COVID-19 safety guidelines workers and customers should all practice as Michigan's substantial greenhouse sector resumes sales. 

English and Spanish versions are available in two sizes, 8½" x 11" and 11" x 17". The images are free to download from MFB's online COVID-19 resource clearinghouse. Printed and laminated versions are available for a small cost.

To download the free posters, visit: https://www.michfb.com/MI/Coronavirus/

To place an order for laminated posters through the MFB Print Shop, fill out the Greenhouse Safety Poster Order Form and email it to [email protected]. A minimum of five posters must be ordered.

To read the full article about the posters, visit: https://www.michfb.com/MI/News/Membership_and_Benefits/Greenhouse_safety_posters_free_to_FB_members/