Monroe County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
The 2018 Monroe County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting will be held at the Old Mill Banquet Hall in Dundee on September 20, beginning at 5:30 pm. It will be a shorter meeting, focusing on election of board members and both policies and delegates to send to the statewide annual meeting right after Thanksgiving. Some of the recognitions and introductions took place earlier at the member picnic in Ida, such as the scholarship winners and educator of the year.
This meeting is of great importance, since this is a “grass roots” organization; this is where policies developed at the local level come to the regular farmer members for votes. If approved, these can go on to be incorporated into the policies and actions of our state and national organizations. Monroe County is well known for developing meaningful policy recommendations that are often adopted into the Michigan policy book and even some of the language finds its way into the national, American Farm Bureau policy book. The policy development committee consists of seasoned members who have also been involved in state and national farm organizations such as the commodity groups and includes some active young farmers.
Good examples of local policy implementation are the tractor and large truck tire recycling opportunity, and the agricultural program classes at Monroe County Community College. Environmental and regulatory issues continue to top the list of priorities for state and national proposed resolutions.
Board seats up for election include one At-Large position, the Berlin/Frenchtown/Monroe District, the Bedford/Whiteford District and the Ida/Raisinville District. Any eligible member who would like to run for one of these positions should contact the county office for referral to the nominating committee or plan to be nominated from the floor at the meeting.
Reservations for this meeting must be made by September 11th to the County Farm Bureau office by calling 734-269-3275 or emailing [email protected]. Dinner tickets are $12 per person and can be paid for at the door that evening.