County Leader Week
County Leader Week provides an opportunity for Farm Bureau’s grassroots leaders to strengthen the organization by investing in leadership development, as well as celebrating the spirit volunteerism that drives Farm Bureau. Each day, participants will focus on a topic designed to help them grow as county leaders, in coordination with the programming hosted on Farm Bureau University Board Essentials.
Learning is made easy and accessible via short videos and resources that will be released daily, and participants are encouraged to check back here each day for updated information!
Monday – Being a Board Member
Serving as a board member in Farm Bureau is much more than attending meetings and reading agendas. Farm Bureau board members are community leaders. One way to highlight Farm Bureau’s commitment to volunteerism in the local community is by volunteering in school classrooms to teach children about agriculture. American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Director of Education Julia Recko provides tips to make you a classroom volunteer superstar, no matter what your experience level is.
Tuesday – Governance
What does it take to truly lead a County Farm Bureau? American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall has been a leader at every level of the organization, including the most important, his County Farm Bureau. AFBF Director of Organization and Leadership Training Jordan Henry will be discussing the nuances of governing in Farm Bureau with President Duvall as he reflects on lessons learned.
Wednesday – Planning
As the saying goes, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” AFBF Vice President of Leadership, Education and Engagement Margee Wolff and Program Coordinator David Townsend highlight an easy-to-use tool to assist in planning County Farm Bureau events. Show up to your next meeting with this exercise up your sleeve and your county members will thank you for saving them time and resources down the road.
Thursday – Advocacy & Policy Development
Farm Bureau is an advocacy leader for American agriculture. Time and time again, we have made a mark on American history because farmers and ranchers like you saw a need and took action – either through the policy development process or by direct engagement with elected officials. AFBF’s Managing Director of Advocacy Cody Lyon sits down with President Zippy Duvall to discuss the importance of advocacy at the county level.
Friday – The Membership Cycle
The benefits of Farm Bureau membership do not end with the meal at annual meeting! AFBF Director of Member Benefits Tommy Beyea and Media Relations Specialist Cole Staudt explain the “why” behind the myriad of member benefits available for Farm Bureau members. After listening to their conversation, you’ll be better equipped to field questions from potential and current members alike about how to make their Farm Bureau membership pay for itself.
Any member can register for Farm Bureau University for free at university.fb.org. New users need to register for an account using the member code for their state. The member code is “statefb” replacing state with the two-letter postal abbreviation. For example, a New York Farm Bureau member’s code is “nyfb.”
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