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Huron County Farm Bureau has awarded two $1,000 scholarships to local students who are furthering their education with our first annual scholarship.  The recipients of the awards can use the funds to attend college or trade school.

 

“We are honored to give back to the youth of our community by helping them with their future endeavors through our new scholarship program” said Rita Herford, Vice-President and Promotion & Education Chair of Huron County Farm Bureau.

Avery Kuhl was awarded one $1,000 scholarship.  Avery is the son of Ryan & Heather Kuhl of Sebewaing and a graduate of USA schools.  Avery plans on attending the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and achieving a Hontech and YamaPro certificate.

Johanna Braun from Harbor Beach was another $1,000 scholarship winner.  Johanna is the daughter of Joe & Deanna Braun and a 2018 graduate of Harbor Beach Schools.  Johanna is pursuing a career in agricultural operations.

 

We would like to wish everyone who competed for these awards the best of luck as they continue their studies.

 

Applications are due annually on June 1st.  Applicants should be pursuing post-secondary education at either a 2- or 4-year college or trade school and parents must be a Huron County Farm Bureau member at least one year prior to the student applying.  Our goal in setting up this scholarship program is to reward students that show leadership skills and have a strong work ethic. 


Avery Kuhl (top)
Johanna Braun (bottom)
Huron County Farm Bureau Awards Scholarships

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Huron County Farm Bureau has awarded two $1,000 scholarships to local students who are furthering their education with our first annual scholarship.  The recipients of the awards can use the funds to attend college or trade school.

 

“We are honored to give back to the youth of our community by helping them with their future endeavors through our new scholarship program” said Rita Herford, Vice-President and Promotion & Education Chair of Huron County Farm Bureau.

Avery Kuhl was awarded one $1,000 scholarship.  Avery is the son of Ryan & Heather Kuhl of Sebewaing and a graduate of USA schools.  Avery plans on attending the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and achieving a Hontech and YamaPro certificate.

Johanna Braun from Harbor Beach was another $1,000 scholarship winner.  Johanna is the daughter of Joe & Deanna Braun and a 2018 graduate of Harbor Beach Schools.  Johanna is pursuing a career in agricultural operations.

 

We would like to wish everyone who competed for these awards the best of luck as they continue their studies.

 

Applications are due annually on June 1st.  Applicants should be pursuing post-secondary education at either a 2- or 4-year college or trade school and parents must be a Huron County Farm Bureau member at least one year prior to the student applying.  Our goal in setting up this scholarship program is to reward students that show leadership skills and have a strong work ethic. 


Avery Kuhl (top)
Johanna Braun (bottom)
Huron County Farm Bureau Awards Scholarships

Join us virtually for our 2020 County Annual Meeting!

Huron County Farm Bureau members will set next year’s policy agenda at the organization’s annual meeting, August 19, 2020 at the Huron County Fairgrounds in the Farm Bureau Building.

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has forced us to make some difficult decisions and think creatively about how we can continue to serve as your voice of agriculture.  This year our County Annual will be very different from any other year but we can still provide you a choice on how our members can vote on the business of our organization, policy resolutions and the director election.   

If you would like a ballot please email
[email protected] and one will be forwarded to you after your membership is validated.  Ballots must be cast before 7:00 pm on 8/19/2020

Approved state and national policies will be forwarded to the Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) Policy Development Committee, comprised of county Farm Bureau members representing each of the state’s 11 districts. The state policy development committee consolidates county recommendations and presents policies to the delegation at the MFB Annual Meeting.

 

 

 

 

 



Huron County Farm Bureau is awarding two $1,000 scholarships to two Huron County students whose parents have been members of the Huron County Farm Bureau for at least one year prior. Applicants should be pursuing post-secondary education at either a 2 or 4 year college or trade school.  Click here for application

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Rebecca Gulliver

Last year was tough and we’re all eager for 2021. Even if the New Year isn’t magical it still gives us a sense of light at the end of the tunnel and a new beginning. With that new beginning, one thing remains the same: We’re still all in this together — and we’re always stronger together.

American Farm Bureau Federation’s Virtual Convention concluded this week with that theme: Stronger Together. Over the course of five days convention sessions were held, Young Farmers competed, awards and recognitions were given, and live sessions were facilitated.

One of these sessions, Farm State of Mind – Responding to the Challenges of Rural Mental Health, reminded us to lean on one another for support and check in on our friends, even the strong ones.

This workshop was a farmer panel (pictured above) led by Colorado Farm Bureau member Chad Vorthmann. Each panelist shared their own personal stories about how mental health, stress and suicide touched their lives and communities: Robin Kinney from American Farm Bureau Federation; Randy Roecker of Rolling Acres, LLC; Marshall Sewell, Bayer Crop Science; and Meredith Bernard from This Farm Wife Inc. all helped break down barriers in a real conversation on a tough topic.

A consistent need for adequate mental health care in rural America — and professionals who know how to work with farmers and their unique challenges — was made very clear throughout.

Bernard mentioned how farmers are all big-time gamblers without ever hitting the casino or buying a lottery ticket — and we all know that’s the truth! Between the weather, erratic commodity prices and the constant pressure of maintaining a multi-generational legacy, farmers carry a lot of stress and anxiety with them every day. Add to that the common “go it alone” mentality many have come to work under as the problem solvers and entrepreneurs all farmers are.

Before the panel opened up for questions, each panelist shared some powerful takeaways from their conversation.

Roecker, who overcame a battle with depression following the dairy crash of the 1980s, shared that farmers need to support each other, if only because we all understand the uniqueness of agriculture. It takes proactively checking in with one another regularly, even your strong friends.

Bernard lost a friend by suicide and reminded her virtual audience that none of us are ever really alone: we are worthy, our lives matter, our stories matter, and that no one should suffer in silence. Seek a friend!

Sewell reflected on what he would have said to his dad the last time he saw him alive, prior to taking his own life, and how he would strive to find the good things in the day and the value we all add: the world may be crammed with people, but it still needs YOU.

Kinney stressed the importance of a mental wellness check being part of a normal, physical health check. We check the oil in our tractors and address routine equipment maintenance, so don’t forget to do the same with ourselves.

Not sure where to start? Uncomfortable with the topic of farm stress and mental health? Rural Resilience Training provides a comprehensive understanding and is a great place to start. This program is a partnership with American Farm Bureau and the National Farmers Union, and facilitated by Michigan State University Extension.

Meredith said it best: “When people feel seen, they get help.” So let’s not be blinded by everything that’s going wrong in our world. Let’s check in with each other — even our strong friends.

Rebecca Gulliver is MFB’s Regional Manager in the Saginaw Valley (District 8) and a member of our Farm Stress & Mental Health team.

Resources

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
  • Avera Health Farm and Rural Stress Hotline: 800-691-4336
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 800-662-HELP
  • Crisis text line: text HOME to 741741
  • FarmStateOfMind.org
Last year was tough and we’re all eager for 2021. Even if the New Year isn’t magical it still gives us a sense of light at the end of the tunnel and a new beginning. With that new beginning, one thing remains the same: We’re still all in this togethe




The 2020 #SpeakAgMichigan Challenge supported by the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture recognized the top ten high school FFA chapters and top three Collegiate Farm Bureau members with $7,000 in cash prizes.

This year’s challenge was a twist on the traditional award program, which recognizes FFA chapters and collegiate members for ag-literacy efforts in their communities, sharing a basic understanding of producing food, fuel and fiber. With schools closed last spring, limiting the ability to provide programming in person, #SpeakAgMichigan turned to social media, challenging high school students and Collegiate Farm Bureau members to engage with consumers, develop advocacy skills and earn some funds for their chapter! 

The purpose of the #SpeakAgMichigan Challenge was to develop and implement a four-month social media challenge highlighting designated commodities — the ones focused on in our Fall Teacher FARM Crate subscription boxes: apples (September), pumpkins (October), turkeys (November) and Christmas Trees (December).

From demonstrating a piece of equipment related to the commodity to visiting a farm to offering a recipe or growing tip, our top-10 high school FFA chapter winners and their competitors together laid out a thorough plan to accurately and effectively connect with consumers.

“My students learned a TON through these challenges,” said Ashley FFA Advisor Amber McAllister. “They’re collaborating online to collect information and debating which is best to share with our community, as well as growing leaps and bounds in technology!

“This has been a fantastic learning experience for us.”

Help us congratulate our winners and participants in both divisions by liking their pages and supporting their efforts:

FFA Chapters

Collegiate Farm Bureaus

  • First Place ($500): Madelyn Cary, Gratiot County; MSU Main Campus
  • Second ($300): Michael Ceja, Gratiot County; Delta Collegiate
  • Third ($200): Jewel Lantis, Livingston County; MSU Main Campus Collegiate

In the collegiate division, cash awards were awarded to the top three Collegiate members and their respective Collegiate Farm Bureau chapters.

The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, is a 501(c)3 governed by Michigan Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors, positively contributes to the future of Michigan agriculture through leadership and educational programming.

For more information, contact MFB High School and Collegiate Programs Specialist Katie Eisenberger.

 
The 2020 #SpeakAgMichigan Challenge supported by the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture recognized the top ten high school FFA chapters and top three Collegiate Farm Bureau members with $7,000 in cash prizes.

Farmers After Hours’ next series, Boosting Your Bottom Line, will build on the financial foundation laid during the previous series, Financial Fundamentals and Profitability. This iteration will explore business planning, connect individuals with grant or loan sources and explain USDA resources and programming.

Live panels flank a series of five mini-sessions where subject-matter experts dive into resources and information to bolster farms and agribusinesses. Each live panel allows participants to join anonymously and ask questions of presenters.

Tune in at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays to catch fresh content, or catch up by checking out MFB’s YouTube channel. Here’s an overview of our next series:

  • Jan. 20 — Live farmer panel; register via Webex
  • Jan. 27 — Building Your Business Plan; GreenStone
  • Feb. 3 — Exploring Funding Sources
  • Feb. 10 — Decoding USDA Programs
  • Feb. 17 — Tips for Low Interest Loan Applicants; GreenStone 
  • Feb. 24 — Grant Dollars: The Do’s and Don’ts
  • March 3 — Live expert panel; register via Webex

The Farmers After Hours series is a special project of the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, in partnership with GreenStone Farm Credit Services. The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, a 501(c)3 formed by Michigan Farm Bureau, has a mission of positively contributing to the future of Michigan agriculture through leadership and educational programming.

Farmers After Hours’ next series, Boosting Your Bottom Line, will build on the financial foundation laid during the previous series, Financial Fundamentals and Profitability. This iteration will explore business planning, connect individuals with gra

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