|Early Bird Registration Open for MFU Annual Convention |
Farmers and ranchers from around the state will gather to hear from industry leaders, debate grassroots policy, elect board members and more during the annual Montana Farmers Union Convention planned for Oct. 27-28 at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls.
“Our State Convention is the place where members and friends come together in community to learn, network, and celebrate and support one another through the joys and hardships that is family farming and ranching,” MFU Member Services Director Rachel Prevost said.
“State Convention is where members come make their voice heard on the organizations grassroots policy and on the board of directors that represent their regions. Come listen to expert speakers in breakouts and workshops, as well as learn how we can be strong advocates for our rural communities,” Prevost added.
Keynote speakers include Sarah Vogel, the first woman elected as the North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture, and the first woman to hold that position nationwide.
Vogel is attorney, advocate, and author of The Farmer’s Lawyer, who has dedicated her life to agricultural justice. She is a third-generation member of the Nonpartisan League, fighting for the little guy, including family farmers, ranchers, Native Americans, women, and small business owners.
Interactive breakout sessions include the topics of regenerative agriculture, the Farm Bill and ag advocacy, and registering your business with Made in Montana. The schedule also allows plenty of time for networking with other members and vendors and music by The Lucky Valentines.
Attendees also will have an opportunity to connect with their regional MFU Membership Ambassador on current and upcoming projects as well as brainstorm what they would like to see in their communities.
The highlight of convention, though, is setting policy. Members debate and set the policy that will direct staff in the coming year as they work on behalf of family farmers and ranchers and rural communities.
The annual convention also is when MFU members vote for board members and other leadership positions within the organization, as well as voting on delegates to attend the National Farmers Union annual convention next spring. More information, including the nominating form, can be found at www.montanafarmersunion.com.
A discounted student rate of $25 is available for college and trade school students. To receive early bird member pricing at $75 and non-member pricing of $85, register by Sept. 1. The first 10 registrants also will receive a free MFU sweatshirt.
More information, including how to be a vendor and how college students can apply to have their costs covered, can be found at https://ow.ly/YRV750PmfUN.