As the summer season gives way to fall and we get closer to the start of football season, another season has officially begun: the season of the county Farm Bureau annual meetings. Across the state, more than 50 county Farm Bureaus will host annual meetings, where they discuss what their local organizations have accomplished over the last year. These county annual meetings will lead up to Florida Farm Bureau’s annual meeting and convention, where we will celebrate our 75th anniversary in October.
As one of the best examples of a grassroots organization in the state of Florida, Florida Farm Bureau depends on our county Farm Bureaus and their members to stay engaged in the political process by building and maintaining positive working relationships with elected officials and using those relationships to educate policy makers at all levels of government about the importance of production agriculture.
Most of our county Farm Bureaus and their Board of Directors have great working relationships with elected officials from the local level all the way up to Congress, and many elected officials attend our county annual meetings to learn more about the work of Farm Bureau, the accomplishments of Florida agriculture and to connect with constituents. Because 2016 is an election year, these annual meetings will provide important opportunities for our members to meet and speak with elected officials and candidates for office that will affect policy related to agriculture at all levels of government.
At some county annual meetings, Florida Farm Bureau will present state lawmakers with the Champion for Agriculture award, recognizing them for their leadership and commitment to help pass Farm Bureau’s legislative agenda during the 2016 legislative session.
We sincerely hope that you will attend your county Farm Bureau’s annual meeting to learn more about how Farm Bureau influences and affects public policy at all levels of government and how you can become more involved and engaged with us to join our grassroots members as the “Voice of Florida Agriculture.”
Additionally, use these last few weeks before the November general election to meet and learn more about your elected officials and candidates for office so that we can elect pro-agriculture, pro-business candidates to the Legislature who will support Florida Farm Bureau’s legislative agenda which will strengthen our state’s agricultural producers.
For more information on your county Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, visit our. We hope to see you there!