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Michigan Farm Bureau Sparks Ag Conversations in Lansing
Michigan Ag Connection - 02/23/2024

The Lansing Legislative Seminar hosted by the Michigan Farm Bureau served as a crucial platform for 305 members to engage in conversations with legislators, state agency leaders, and fellow farmers. The event aimed to address various issues such as agriculture funding, regulations, and the upcoming election. Members had the opportunity to discuss Farm Bureau policies and share their perspectives on the food and agriculture sector with state-elected officials.

Rob Anderson, the manager of government relations for Michigan Farm Bureau, emphasized the importance of the discussions at the seminar, stating that the issues addressed would influence conversations at the local level, legislative coffee hours, farm workshops, and legislative breakfasts. The event served as a starting point for meaningful conversations between farmers and legislators.

The seminar included updates on legislative and regulatory matters, a lunch reception with state representatives, senators, and agency leaders, as well as breakout sessions covering various topics. One of the sessions involved a discussion with agency leaders from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Department of Environmental, Great Lakes, and Energy, and the Department of Natural Resources.

State Representative Jerry Neyer, who spent 20 years as a farmer before entering politics, highlighted the importance of educating peers about the significance of agriculture in the state. He emphasized the need for accurate laws and regulations to ensure the thriving of the agriculture industry. Neyer sees these conversations as essential in making informed decisions that support the agricultural community.

Drew Bordner, a member of the St. Joseph County Farm Bureau, stressed the role of farmers as the voice of agriculture and the importance of taking action. He underlined the necessity for a collective voice to advocate for the interests of the agricultural sector.

The Lansing Legislative Seminar provided a platform for constructive dialogue between farmers and policymakers, fostering understanding and collaboration on issues vital to the agriculture industry in Michigan.

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