2012 Michigan Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

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Meeting Overview and Ag Town Hall


  • Gov. Snyder reaffirms support for Michigan agriculture at Farm Bureau 'town hall'
    When Michigan farmers embraced Governor Rick Snyder's plan to reinvent Michigan, they may not have imagined that just two years later, the governor would be the main player in an agricultural 'town hall' meeting that put the latest technology into action.
  • MFB honors Natalie Rector for distinguished service to agriculture
    Few individuals involved in Michigan agriculture today have done more, single-handedly, to protect the environmental resources the state's farmers depend on than Marshall resident Natalie Rector.
  • Journalists honored for outstanding farm coverage
    In-depth coverage of agricultural news and issues set the stage for a copy editor, a mainstream broadcast news team and a freelance writer to all be honored for their outstanding work informing Michigan consumers about the state's $90 billion agriculture and food industry.
  • Wayne County farmer honored for outstanding advocacy efforts
    Promoting agriculture and informing the community about the state's second largest industry has kept Frank Rochowiak a busy man for his more than 50 years of membership in Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB). For his exemplary work identifying the needs and interests of his mostly urban neighbors, and for his outstanding efforts educating youth and adults about where their food comes from, MFB presented Rochowiak with its 2012 Agricultural Promoter of the Year Award during a Nov. 29 awards ceremony at the organization's 93rd annual meeting in Grand Rapids.
  • Alcona County teacher named Michigan Farm Bureau's 2012 Educator of the Year
    In recognition of his achievements in agriscience education at Alcona High School, Brian Matchett has been named Michigan Farm Bureau's (MFB) 2012 Educator of the Year. First announced earlier this year to commemorate National Agriculture Week (March 4-10), Matchett accepted the award Nov. 29 at MFB's 93rd annual meeting in Grand Rapids.
  • Farm Bureau lauds outstanding county program volunteers
    Throughout its 93rd annual meeting, Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) took every opportunity to praise and recognize its most outstanding county volunteers and programs. Members in 67 county Farm Bureaus statewide volunteer in various programs focusing on everything from young farmer development to consumer outreach, legislative action, membership recruitment and local media relations.
  • Midland County farmer wins seed prize at MFB annual meeting
    Midland County grain farmer Clint Breasbois was selected as the winner of the Asgrow and Dekalb Young Farmer Grand Prize Seed Giveaway sponsored by Monsanto at Michigan Farm Bureau's (MFB) Young Farmer Luncheon, Nov. 28, during its 93rd state annual meeting in Grand Rapids.
  • Clare County Farm Bureau earns recognition for enriching local agricultural education options
    Clare County schools don't offer agricultural education programs or intercurricular programs such as FFA. Any knowledge to be gained about farming, working with the land and getting food from the field to the table is not easily found without seeking it out. To fill the void and offer guidance and opportunity for youth interested in agriculture, the Jack Pine Farmers and Ranchers (JPFR) Committee of the Clare County Farm Bureau came to be.
  • Lenawee County's Bakerlads Farm earns Ecology Leadership Award
    When it's time to test the next environmentally friendly farming practice, brothers Blaine and Kim Baker are always willing to take the bull by the horns. They've stepped up and offered their Lenawee County farm as a showcase of ecologically beneficial practices so others may learn and succeed.
  • Ottawa County dairyman VanDyke earns MFB Volunteer of Year Award
    For Coopersville-area dairy farmer David VanDyke, dedication to agriculture reaches far beyond the walls of the milking parlor. His passion for agriculture led him into the thick of a land-use issue in Ottawa County, which saved a family farm from demise.

Young Farmers

  • Young farmers face off at MFB annual meeting
    A new generation of Michigan farmers, poised to take their place alongside their elders, face each other Nov. 28 at Michigan Farm Bureau's 2012 Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids. Young farmers age 18 to 35 will face off in five contests geared toward measuring their agricultural involvement, leadership, achievements, diplomacy, public speaking presence and knowledge of agricultural issues.
  • Discussion Meet 12 Semi-Finalist
  • Discussion Meet Final 4
  • Rob West is MFB's 2012 Outstanding Young Farm Employee
    Clinton County's Rob West will take home Michigan Farm Bureau's (MFB) 2012 Outstanding Young Farm Employee Award from the organization's 93rd annual meeting, taking place this week in Grand Rapids. The award recognizes young farmers for their contributions as employees to the success and long-term profitability of the operations which employed them. Nominees are also judged on their leadership involvement in Farm Bureau, agriculture and their community.
  • Zmitko-Somers earns MFB's Excellence in Agriculture Award
    Shiawassee County crop farmer Jamie Zmitko-Somers is taking home Michigan Farm Bureau's (MFB) 2012 Excellence in Agriculture Award from the organization's 93rd annual meeting, taking place this week in Grand Rapids. The award recognizes young farmers, either individuals or married couples, who do not derive the majority of their income from a personally owned agricultural operation but who actively contribute to and grow through their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture.
  • Demerly is MFB's 2012 Outstanding Young Agricultural Leader
    Shiawassee County grain farmer and mill operator Jamie Demerly was awarded Michigan Farm Bureau's (MFB) 2012 Outstanding Young Agricultural Leader Award at the organization's 93rd annual meeting, taking place this week in Grand Rapids. The award recognizes a successful young farmer for outstanding leadership roles in Farm Bureau, agriculture, and his or her local community. Contestants are judged on their ability to actively serve in leadership roles while managing a successful farm operation.
  • Gratiot County farmer earns MFB Young Farmer Achievement Award
    Gratiot County farmers Joshua and Samantha Humm have a special souvenir to take home from Michigan Farm Bureau's (MFB) 2012 Annual Meeting, taking place this week in Grand Rapids: the farm organization's coveted Young Farmer Achievement Award. The award recognizes a successful young member or married couple for outstanding achievement in the business of farming and leadership in the agricultural community. Applicants are judged on their farm management ability and involvement in Farm Bureau and other organizations.
  • Alysa Sanford wins MFB's state-level discussion meet contest
    Alysa Sanford of Springport took the top spot at Michigan Farm Bureau's (MFB) 2012 Young Farmer Discussion Meet, Nov. 28 at MFB's 93rd Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids. Sanford is a nutrition education grant coordinator for Springport Public Schools; she grew up on a cash crop farm in Lenawee County.

Policy & Elections

  • MFB policy targets overreaching regulations
    As the Michigan Senate wrapped up two bills designed to protect underground utilities from damage by excavators, Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) members were digging into policy to protect themselves within the proposed regulations.
  • MFB board welcomes new members from Clinton, Kent, Oceana counties
    Wrapping up its 93rd annual meeting, Nov. 27-30 in Grand Rapids, the Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) elected a new district director and two additional new members representing young farmers and its promotion and education programs. The board also reorganized its executive committee, changing the lineup atop the state's largest general farm organization.
  • Michigan Farm Bureau to address proposed policy
    Later this month Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) members will address a docket of proposed policies that, once fine-tuned and adopted, will become the organization's marching orders for 2013. Policy development is the beating heart of MFB's State Annual Meeting, Nov. 27-30 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

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