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Kathy Chase

Don't forget!  Mark your calendars!

Regular members and their spouses should both have received, or will receive in the next few days, your 2020 Eaton County Farm Bureau County Annual packet.  Please fill out the ballot and either put it in the mail using the postage paid envelope supplied by October 5th or come to the Ballot Drop Off/Take Out Dinner at the Eaton County Fairgrounds on October 10th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.  You will be dropping off your ballot(s) and picking up the dinners from the convenience of you own vehicle for everyone's safety.

If you are participating in the event, please place your orders for dinners (for regular members and their families) by October 2nd by either phone 517-543-5567 or by email [email protected].  If you are placing the order by phone, please just leave a message with your name, phone number and the number of dinners you are reserving.

*******Please note the phone number to call on the cover letter in the packet is wrong,  Please call 517-543-5567******* 

Reminder 2020 Eaton County Ballot Drop Off and Dinner Pick Up. Totally from your car!

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Kathy Chase

Don't forget!  Mark your calendars!

Regular members and their spouses should both have received, or will receive in the next few days, your 2020 Eaton County Farm Bureau County Annual packet.  Please fill out the ballot and either put it in the mail using the postage paid envelope supplied by October 5th or come to the Ballot Drop Off/Take Out Dinner at the Eaton County Fairgrounds on October 10th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.  You will be dropping off your ballot(s) and picking up the dinners from the convenience of you own vehicle for everyone's safety.

If you are participating in the event, please place your orders for dinners (for regular members and their families) by October 2nd by either phone 517-543-5567 or by email [email protected].  If you are placing the order by phone, please just leave a message with your name, phone number and the number of dinners you are reserving.

*******Please note the phone number to call on the cover letter in the packet is wrong,  Please call 517-543-5567******* 

Reminder 2020 Eaton County Ballot Drop Off and Dinner Pick Up. Totally from your car!
Byline Kathy Chase

Help the youth showing their animals at the Eaton County Fair!  The fair has closed to the public this year due to COVID-19.  However, the fair is allowing the kids to show their animals to be judged with only family and friends present.  The fair will then put the animals up on a virtual auction.  These young people have put a lot of effort and money in these animals and need our support.  Eaton County Farm Bureau is a proud sponsor of the Eaton County Fair's 2020 Virtual Youth Livestock Auction.  Please support the youth in this county by participating in the virtual auction.  Go to www.eatoncountyfair.com for details.   

Help the youth showing their animals at the fair by participating in the Eaton County Fair Virtual Auction.
By Katelyn Thompson and Hannah Lange

Agriscience Educator Kylie Thompson is eager to launch a new FFA chapter this fall in Bellevue.


Eaton County Farm Bureau board member Kylie Thompson truly embodies this line from E.M. Tiffany’s FFA Creed: “I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words, but of deeds…”

After decades of inactivity, Thompson’s pulled off an achievement for the envy of rural communities statewide: She’s brought her home FFA chapter back from the dead.

Bellevue’s FFA chapter fizzled out in the early 1990s after several decades of activity. And it’s taken all of Kylie’s passion for agriculture, students and FFA itself to raise this phoenix from the ashes.

“It can seem like a daunting task, but if you surround yourself with others who believe in your cause, all things are possible,” she said.

Re-igniting an ag program at Kylie’s alma mater started with the interest from Bellevue Superintendent Kathy Mohney. Seeing area schools with FFA chapters and agriculture programs, she started to wonder: “Why not Bellevue?”

That was really all that was necessary to set Kylie in motion. Finding elated community support, she quickly saw students signing up for agriculture classes scheduled to be offered in the fall of 2020 — a benefit to the students and a promising asset for Bellevue Schools overall.

“The foundation being laid for Bellevue FFA is a strong one, built on leadership, community and passion,” Kylie said.

That truth was verified by a successful fundraiser held last weekend — a clever drive-through chicken dinner hosted at Bellevue Elementary School and benefitting the district’s nascent agriculture and FFA program.

Donations totaling $6,700 from approximately 550 hungry community supporters.

Knowing hers isn’t the only community in need of a new or rekindled FFA program, Kylie has several tips for likeminded leaders looking to spark the same kind of progress she’s made in the southwest corner of Eaton County.

Once identifying the district in need — the self-evident starting point for most would-be FFA-starters — the key components of Kylie’s process break down like this:

  • School support is essential from the get-go, so getting the staff and superintendent on board with your plan is vital.
  • Contact state FFA staff early on to learn important timelines and program requirements.
  • Convene an advisory committee of community members to help maintain that community’s support for your program and to ensure its priorities are incorporated.
  • Coordinating with the school district’s financial staff, draft a budget to cover classroom needs, FFA project supplies and event expenses.
  • Begin fund raising- be resourceful and reach out to supporters
  • In coordination with your school district’s curriculum officials, develop class structures and lesson plans, always keeping in mind your students’ needs and interests.
  • Develop an outreach plan to keep your community informed about — and convinced of! — the value of your program.

Maybe most importantly, she adds: “Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Good ag education is worth it!”

Katelyn Thompson represents District 5 on MFB’s state P&E committee. Hannah Lange is MFB’s regional manager for the central region.


After decades of inactivity, Kylie Thompson, Eaton County Farm Bureau Board Member, has pulled off an achievement for the envy of rural communities statewide: She’s brought her home FFA chapter in Bellevue, back from the dead.

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Marge Karker

Michigan Farm Bureau’s Marge Karker Scholarship offers three $1,000 awards to students enrolled in an agricultural program at Michigan State University. Applicants must be a dependent of a Farm Bureau member or have his/her own Farm Bureau membership in good standing.

Completed applications are due Oct. 1; forms and additional details are available online.

The Marge Karker Scholarship was established in the late 1960s to honor the former coordinator of MFB’s Women's Program. For 20 years she led Farm Bureau members in activities involving citizenship, health, education, legislation, public relations, safety and community improvement projects, all laying the groundwork for today’s Promotion and Education program.

Learn more about Karker here.

MFB staff contact: Amelia Miller , 517-679-5688

Michigan Farm Bureau’s Marge Karker Scholarship offers three $1,000 awards to students enrolled in an agricultural program at Michigan State University. Applicants must be a dependent of a Farm Bureau member or have his/her own Farm Bureau membership
Michigan Farm Bureau

Just because COVID’s sidelined the FARM Science Lab this fall doesn’t mean we can’t still boost students’ agricultural literacy. Michigan Farm Bureau is retooling programming and resources so our county Farm Bureaus can still share their agricultural expertise with teachers and students.

County Promotion & Education chairs should move fast to take advantage of cost-sharing opportunities for classroom outreach this fall. The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture is underwriting two cost-sharing options for helping you connect with local teachers.

  • Teacher Appreciation Care Packages ship directly to teachers and come with ag-accurate books; teacher guides; Michigan Ag Facts placemat; a small student gift and a treat for the teacher. Order now for $20 (half their value). Order by Sept. 4 for delivery in late September. Order by Oct. 1 for delivery in mid-October.
  • Farm Crate Monthly Classroom Kits for grades K-5 each feature a different monthly commodity theme, September through December. Each includes an ag-accurate book; Agriculture in the Classroom lesson resources; hands-on lesson and support materials for grades K-2 and 3-5; online extension activity; and a content-related gift or resource for the teacher. They’re $25 each (half their value) or order the full fall subscription and get the fourth month free ($75 total). Order by Oct. 1 to have the full subscription delivered.

Work with your P&E chair and county administrative manager to order through the Michigan Ag in the Classroom store subscription tab.

For more information, contact P&E Program Specialist Amelia Miller at 517-679-5688.

County Promotion & Education chairs should move fast to take advantage of cost-sharing opportunities for classroom outreach this fall. The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture is underwriting two cost-sharing options for helping you connect with local

In arguably the biggest maneuver yet to help ensure the health and safety of its members, Michigan Farm Bureau’s 101st annual meeting will take place largely online.

In an Aug. 27 memo to leaders across the Family of Companies, MFB President Carl Bednarski announced the board of directors “has made the tough decision to hold the 2020 State Annual Meeting in a hybrid-virtual format.

“Moving the meeting from a fully in-person experience to a virtual platform was our last choice,” Bednarski added, “but it will give us some unique opportunities to both reach more members and show our abilities to adapt to the current social position.”

The focus of the meeting this year will be essential business, as defined by the organization’s by-laws, and policy development. 

The meeting will convene virtually in three segments, beginning Nov. 4, 2020 and concluding Dec. 2, following this general outline:

NOV. 4 — Virtual State Annual Kick Off, to take place entirely online, allowing all MFB members to tune in and get updates from our organization’s state leaders:

  • President’s address
  • Rules Committee report
  • Credentials Committee report
  • CEO Report
  • Approval of the 2019 Annual Meeting minutes
  • Treasurer’s report

NOV. 9-19 — District Meetings will take place virtually or in person, based on COVID phase restrictions then in place for each district:

  • District Directors nominations and elections
  • Policy review
  • Delegate voting training

DEC. 2 — Business & Policy Development, to take place in person or virtually by district and based on COVID phase restrictions. MFB leadership and the State Policy Development Committee members will be in one location for the purpose of webcasting the proceedings.

  • Nomination and election of district, Young Farmer and P&E directors
  • Election of MFB President
  • Policy resolution discussion – reaffirmation style
  • Policy resolutions

Look for more details as they develop in Farm Gate and all your usual Farm Bureau communications channels.

“We appreciate your patience, support and above all, we appreciate your dedication to the organization,” Bednarski said.

In an Aug. 27 memo to leaders across the Family of Companies, MFB President Carl Bednarski announced the board of directors “has made the tough decision to hold the 2020 State Annual Meeting in a hybrid-virtual format.

Coming Events

DateEvents
October2020
Saturday
10
County Annual Meeting
Kardell Hall
Charlotte, MI
Eaton County Farm Bureau Annual Ballot Drop Off.  In lieu of a face to face meeting, we will be giving regular members the option of mailing in ballots or drive-thru ballot drop off at the Eaton County Fairgrounds and picking up pre-ordered take out dinners all from the member's vehicle.  Instructions to order meals will be with ballots mailed out.