We're there and we're effective!
With nearly 1,000 registered lobbying organizations in Michigan, Farm Bureau's ranking as one of the top lobbying organizations proves that our member-developed grass roots policy is being heard in the halls of the Michigan Capitol and in Washington. While most organizations have member dues priced in the hundreds of dollars, Farm Bureau has shown that you don't have to be pricey to be effective.
County Issues -- "Not in my backyard" is a catch phrase. What happens in your backyard is of concern to all Farm Bureau members. County Issues committees provide members with a great opportunity to determine the future of their communities and help mold their neighborhoods for coming generations.
State Affairs -- During a legislative session, thousands of bills and resolutions are introduced by members of the Michigan House and Senate resulting in hundreds of new laws. Farm Bureau will review and monitor these bills and resolutions for their potential impact on agriculture and rural communities.
National Affairs -- Sometimes it seems the "big" national issues are so far removed from your farm and community, that you feel powerless to influence the outcome. No matter how complicated and overwhelming a national issue may seem, your voice is being heard because you're a Farm Bureau member.
To become involved in Farm Bureau's Local, State or National issues contact your County Farm Bureau Office or the Michigan Farm Bureau at 1-800-292-2680 ext. 2042.
Michigan Farm Bureau Public Policy Staff
Sarah Black, Director, Public Policy and Commodity Division
Legislative, Regulatory, Political, Policy Development, Environmental and Commodity Programs
Ryan Findlay, National Legislative Counsel
Mindy Pung, Administrative Coordinator
AgriPac Administration, Washington Legislative Seminar Coordination, Public Policy Committees
State Governmental Affairs Department
Tonia Ritter, Manager
Production Ag, Law, Elections
Rob Anderson, Legislative Counsel
Insurance, Health, Safety, Labor
Rebecca Park, Associate Legislative Counsel
Natural Resources, Taxation, Higher Education
Matt Smego, Legislative Counsel
Environment, Energy, Transportation
Nicole Sevrey, Legislative Communications Specialist
Bill Tracking, Event Coordination