MFB Voice of Agriculture | Michigan Farm Bureau Voice of Agriculture Conference
Michigan Farm Bureau Voice of Agriculture conference
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THE WHAT

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

THE WHERE
Event Dates
February 5-6, 2020 | Blue Water Convention Center, Port Huron
DoubleTree and Holiday Inn Express Port Huron
THE DETAILS
Registration Dates
December 9-20, 2019
Contact your county Farm Bureau office to register

Need your county contact information? CLICK HERE

FULL REGISTRATION INCLUDES

Wednesday afternoon bus tour

Wednesday dinner

Overnight accommodations for Wednesday evening (based on double occupancy),

Thursday breakfast and lunch

Conference materials and parking

 One-day Thursday Registration also available.

TOUR INFORMATION AND CHILD POLICY

Due to liability and facility limitations personal vehicles are not permitted to follow tour buses. Children up to 2 years old (24 months), are not required to pay for conference registration. Children over 2 must register and will be charged a meal fee. However, conference programming may not be suitable for children under 18. Anyone under 18, including infants and toddlers, is not permitted to attend the optional Friday tours due to liability and facility limitations.

AGENDA
Lambs, Libations and Landscaping
Lambs, Libations and Landscaping

Visit Lauwers Sheep Farm, one of the largest flocks of ewes raised indoors in the state. Learn how the farm staggers lambing to provide a consistent supply of lamb year around. Then, think about your spring landscaping plans at Theisen’s Greenhouse in Memphis. This wholesale greenhouse has been supplying bedding plants, hanging baskets and annual containers to retailers in the metro Detroit area for more than 60 years. Wrap up the day following a cold glass of hard cider from tree to tank to at Blake’s Orchard and Hard Cider.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles*
Planes, Trains and Automobiles*

Our conference is seated below the second busiest border crossing along the Canadian border. Meet with U.S. Customs and Border Protection staff to learn how agricultural goods are imported by vehicle, train, boat or plane at this port of entry. Tour the Blue Water Bridge customs plaza then head to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s veterinary check point. Hear from the lead veterinarian at this site to learn how he is working to mitigate biohazards through animal import inspections. Make a stop at the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, the first lighthouse in Michigan, before heading to dinner. Enjoy a warm, lakeside meal at either The Cadillac House or Marine City Fish Company.

*Participants on this tour are subject to a background check by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in order to enter their facilities. Full name, address and birth date as recorded in MFB’s database will be provided in advance to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Registering for this tour is consent to perform this background check. No substitutions or late adds will be allowed on this tour after the January 6 cancellation deadline.

Feb. 5, 2020

05feb12:00 pmRegistration

05feb1:00 pmTours Depart

05feb8:00 pmTours Return

05feb8:00 pmHospitality Rooms Open

Feb. 6, 2020

06feb6:30 amRegistration Opens

06feb7:00 amBreakfast Buffet

06feb8:00 amBreakfast Program

06feb8:45 amDistrict Meetings

06feb9:45 am10:45 amBreakout Session Round 1: Invest in your health

06feb9:45 am10:45 amBreakout Session Round 1: Playing the Game

06feb9:45 am10:45 amBreakout Session Round 1: Agricultural Education at County Fairs

06feb9:45 am10:45 amBreakout Session Round 1: Mythbusting in Agriculture

06feb9:45 amBreakout Session Round 1: Farm and Food Care Ontario

06feb11:15 amBreakout Session Round 2: Reptile Litigation Tactics

06feb11:15 amBreakout Session Round 2: Hello My Name Is

06feb11:15 amBreakout Session Round 2: A Practical Guide to Challenges & Benefits in Agritourism

06feb11:15 amBreakout Session Round 2: Building Partnerships with Local and Statewide 4-H Programs

06feb11:15 amBreakout Session Round 2: Laying Pavers to Mental Health Resilience in Agricultural Communities

06feb12:30 pmLunch and Program

06feb2:00 pm2:30 pmMini-Breakout Session Round 1: Collegiate Farm Bureau Orientation for the County Member

06feb2:00 pm2:30 pmMini-Breakout Session Round 1: Advocacy without Leaving the Farm

06feb2:00 pm2:30 pmMini-Breakout Session Round 1: Building Trust in Michigan Agriculture

06feb2:00 pm2:30 pmMini-Breakout Session Round 1: Treat of Agriculture

06feb2:45 pm3:15 pmMini-Breakout Session Round 2: Building the Trust in Michigan Agriculture

06feb2:45 pm3:15 pmMini-Breakout Session Round 2: Treat of Agriculture

06feb2:45 pm3:15 pmMini-Breakout Session Round 2: Collegiate Farm Bureau Orientation for the County Member

06feb2:45 pm3:15 pmMini-Breakout Session Round 2: Advocacy without Leaving the Farm

06feb3:30 pm4:30 pmBreakout Session Round 3: Our Changing Communications Landscape

06feb3:30 pm4:30 pmBreakout Session Round 3: Building Bonds with Local Schools

06feb3:30 pm4:30 pmBreakout Session Round 3: The Five Magic Words

SPONSORS

Interested in supporting this event? Check out our sponsorship opportunities!
Contact Kate Thiel with the Michigan Foundation  for Agriculture at kthiel@michfb.com to support this event, today!

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