In the good ol’ days, after a long day’s work one would secure his or her horse to a hitching post outside a local establishment or a neighbor’s house before heading inside to catch up on the latest issues of the world.
We may have traded in our original horsepower for one with four wheels — and we can now communicate with one another without being in the same space — but one thing never goes out of style: learning something new. And we’ve got something new to share!
Over the next six months, members will have the opportunity to listen in as a group of Michigan Farm Bureau public policy specialists and industry professionals discuss critical agricultural topics through a virtual, laid-back atmosphere. They will look at current situations within the topic area, what related policy or programs MFB provides, and what next steps may look like.
Encourage someone you know to register if they’re interested in:
· Gaining more awareness of current agriculture issues
· Better understanding grassroots policy development
· Getting perspective straight from the horse’s mouth!
To watch the Hitching Post, register for each monthly event separately. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to the group. If you’re unable to join, but still interested in the content, all events will be recorded and posted to the MFB YouTube Channel.
Here’s the schedule of Hitching Post conversations, who’s moderating each discussion, and a link for participating:
· June 2 — Series Launch: Grassroots Beginnings
· June 9 — Economic Stability, with Rebecca Parks, legislative counsel
· July 14 — Climate & Weather, with Laura Campbell, ag ecology manager
· Aug. 11 — Big Data & Technology, with Theresa Sisung, field crops specialist
· Sept. 15 — International Trade, with John Kran, national legislative counsel
· Oct. 13 — Broadband Access, with Matt Kapp, government relations specialist
I’m helping coordinate these discussions alongside my awesome coworker, Emily Reinart, the grassroots policy outreach specialist in MFB’s public policy division.
“This will be an opportunity for members to join a circle of peers for a short time commitment and invest in learning about current topics in the industry, how Michigan agriculture is impacted and how they can be involved in a solution,” Emily said.
All Hitching Post conversations will take place online via Cisco Webex, a convenient and easy-to-use online meeting platform that works on almost any desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone with a decent internet connection. Farm Bureau members can download it by clicking here.
MFB staff contacts: Katie Eisenberger (517-679-5444) and Emily Reinhart (517-679-5337)