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Get Involved with Kansas Farm Bureau Today

Get Involved with Kansas Farm Bureau Today

Whether you are a potential, new or tenured member of Kansas Farm Bureau, you’ll find there are many opportunities to get involved with our organization. No matter your background, your talents and insight can bring value to the organization. From here, you can find the various committees, groups, and education offerings. Click on one of the categories below to view related KFB programs.

  • Advocacy - Sharpening communication skills to become better advocates for agriculture is one way KFB helps members prepare to tell their stories of agriculture.
  • Agricultural Issues - With such diversity in agriculture across the state, KFB has a variety of ways for members to plug in and provide input on very specific commodities and issues.
  • Outreach - Connecting our members with opportunities to engage in their communities and serve the organization is crucial to our mission.
  • Personal Development - Taking the time to learn more about agriculture and gain leadership skills through KFB’s programming can prove to be a great asset for any member at any age or level of involvement.
  • Policy - Developing policy is at the heart of the organization that translates through KFB’s political engagement on legislative issues at all levels.
  • Recognition and Awards - Recognizing those individuals and families in Farm Bureau is one way KFB brings light to those going above and beyond in our organization.

Advocacy  (Click on the program name to learn more)

CMS Training

Communications, Media and Spokesperson (CMS) training prepares members to effectively communicate their messages and connect with relevant audiences by equipping them with the tools to use personal stories, statistics and key messages in their communication strategies. Participants receive training and practice with public speaking, media interviews and social media. They are expected to participate in the full, two-day training. which takes place in Manhattan, KS. Participants must be voting members of the organization. Those interested should submit an application, which can be found on the KFB website. Click here to learn more.

SPEAK Team

The purpose of the SpokesPeople and Educators for Agriculture in Kansas (SPEAK) Team is to address the social, political and marketing challenges farmers and ranchers face. Volunteers meet with elected officials, engage on social media channels, give media interviews, write advocacy pieces and/or conduct farm and ranch tours. Participants can choose to participate or opt out of specific activities of the team. Participants be KFB members and must have some experience in communications or media training. To apply, click here for the online application.

Women’s Communication Bootcamp

The purpose of this event is to provide women with training on public speaking, testifying, targeting a message and working with media. This three-day event is located in Washington, D.C. Participants must be female members of the organization.

Agricultural Issues  (Click on the program name to learn more)

Agricultural Advisory Committees

Kansas Farm Bureau Agricultural Advisory Committees are responsible for the introduction and discussion of issues related to the specific commodities, as well as policy review and development. Committee members must be voting members of the organization and active producers of the respective commodity. Committee members may serve a maximum of three one-year terms, and should expect to participate in teleconferences and one in-person meeting per year, which usually take place in Manhattan, KS. The president of Kansas Farm Bureau appoints members to the following committees: beef, dairy, environmental and natural resources, feedgrains, hay and forage, oilseeds, sheep and goat, swine, and wheat. Click here to learn more.

Commodities Conference

This one-day conference serves as an educational opportunity for members. Conference participants must be members of the organization and must register for the event, which takes place in Manhattan, KS.

Emerging Issues Advisory Committee

The Kansas Farm Bureau Emerging Issues Advisory Committees are responsible for the discussion of new or emerging issues, as well as policy review and development. Committee members must be voting members of the organization and have experience and expertise relevant to new or emerging issues. They are appointed by the president of Kansas Farm Bureau, may serve two-year terms, and should expect to meet as needed throughout the year. Teleconferences, webinars and email correspondence are also relied upon for conducting committee business. Committee members are also expected to participate in education and advocacy efforts on behalf of Kansas Farm Bureau.

Outreach  (Click on the program name to learn more)

Consumer Interaction and County Outreach Events

These events provide opportunities for participants to share their stories, network and communicate with consumers at various locations across Kansas. The events are open to anyone wishing to participate.

County Farm Bureau Board of Directors

County Farm Bureau board of directors members are selected through a county election. Those considered must be voting members of the organization. Members are expected to participate in regular board meetings and help guide and direct the work of the county organization.

Farm Shows and State Fair

Participants have the opportunity to interact with the public, sharing about agriculture and Farm Bureau. These events are open to all volunteers. Those interested can sign up for a specified event for 2-3 hour shifts. The events are located across Kansas, with the state fair located in Hutchinson.

Membership and Promotion Committee

The Membership & Promotion Committee advises the Board of Directors on issues to promote membership growth and interest in the organization’s programs and services. Committee members represent their district for a maximum of three one-year terms. The committee meets three times per year at various locations throughout the state. Click here to learn more.

Women’s Leadership Committee

The Kansas Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee serves as an advisory committee to the Kansas Farm Bureau Board of Directors. The committee’s purpose is to develop and promote leadership skills for members of the organization, raise awareness and advocate for policies that positively impact the role of women in agriculture. Committee members must be voting members of the organization. The committee is elected by voting delegates at the annual meeting. Odd numbered districts elect in even numbered years, and even numbered districts elect in odd numbered years. Committee members serve two-year terms, and should expect to participate in three meetings per year. Click here to learn more.

YF&R Committee

The Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee’s role is to plan and implement statewide YF&R events, including the annual conference. Members are also encouraged to consider implementing additional district and multidistrict activities. The committee consists of a representative or couple from each district. Committee members must be voting members of the organization between the ages of 18 and 35, and are appointed by their respective district directors. Committee members serve two-year terms, and are expected to participate in committee meetings and events. Click here to learn more.

Personal Development  (Click on the program name to learn more)

Agriculture Tours and Trips

These tours provide the opportunity for participants to learn more about different areas of the agricultural industry. The locations of the tours varies. In 2015, the tours took place in Washington, D.C., Alaska and St. Louis, MO. Trips in 2016 will take place in Washington, D.C., Michigan and Hawaii. Participants must be members of the organization. Click here to learn about current trips and tours.

Leadership KFB

The purpose of this program is to develop grassroots leaders who engage in their communities, look for solutions and create change. Participants gain an understanding of their personal leadership style, develop skills in problem solving and conflict resolution, practice their communication skills, engage in discussions about issues across the state and learn from industry leaders through sessions and tours. This program consists of six sessions taking place throughout the course of one year. Most sessions take place in Kansas, with the last session taking place in Washington, D.C. Those interested can click here to learn more and submit an application.

Masters Program

This program serves as an educational tool which allows participants from all occupations to experience the fundamentals of agriculture firsthand. The nine-month program consists of a total of six one-day sessions located across Kansas. Participants visit agricultural operations in different areas of the industry. Anyone is eligible to participate in the Master’s Program, including non-members of Kansas Farm Bureau. Those interested may submit an application, which can be found on the KFB website. Click here to learn more.

YF&R Leader’s Conference

This conference is focused on professional development in the agricultural industry, delivered via keynote speakers, workshops, a tradeshow, competitive events, tours and social events. This three-day conference typically occurs on the last weekend in January and is open to both members and non-members who are interested in production agriculture. A similar national-level conference takes place at a different location in the U.S. each February.

Policy  (Click on the program name to learn more)

AFBF Annual Meeting

This American Farm Bureau Federation event offers the opportunity to network with others from across the nation, attend workshops and participate in business sessions. The location of this multi-day conference changes from year to year.

Day at the Statehouse

This event provides an opportunity for members to learn about current legislative issues and advocate policy with lawmakers. This one-day event takes place in Topeka, KS. Participants must register for the event.

District Issue Surfacing and Listening Posts

The purpose of these events are to provide opportunities for the discussion of policy issues affecting production agriculture and rural Kansas. They take place in the local districts and are usually in the evening, but are occasionally breakfast or lunch events. Participants must be voting members of the organization.

KFB Annual Meeting

Voting members of the organization can be selected by their counties to serve as delegates at the annual meeting. Delegates are expected to participate in the full, two-day annual meeting, which takes place in Manhattan, KS

LEADs

Participants of Leaders Engaged and Acting in D.C. have the opportunity to visit with legislators and learn about national issues affecting Kansas. This event takes place every two years, with the next event occurring in 2016. Participants must be serving as county board members.

Resolutions Committee

The Kansas Farm Bureau Resolutions Committee addresses issues related to production agriculture and rural and community life in Kansas. The committee develops tentative resolutions for consideration by voting delegates at the annual meeting. Committee members should be active and involved agricultural producers and must be voting members in their respective county Farm Bureaus. Each committee member is appointed by the president of Kansas Farm Bureau upon nomination by the district director, and may serve a maximum of three one-year terms. They are expected to participate in three meetings per year, the Kansas Farm Bureau annual meeting and various issue surfacing and listening posts within their districts.

VOTE FBF

The Kansas Farm Bureau VOTE FBF Board solicits county input for the endorsement process for elections to the Kansas Senate, Kansas House of Representatives, United States Senate, United States House of Representatives and other offices. Once the Board has considered county recommendations, it endorses candidates. VOTE FBF Board members must be contributors to the VOTE FBF fund. The Board consists of county Farm Bureau members elected at their respective district caucuses. Board members may serve a maximum of two three-year terms. Click here to learn more.

Recognition and Awards  (Click on the program name to learn more)

Century Farm Program

The Century Farm Program celebrates the history and tradition of Kansas family farms by recognizing individuals who operate a farm passed down in the family for at least 100 years. Applications are submitted to the respective county Farm Bureau for consideration. Click here to learn more.

Farm Family of the Year Program

The purpose of the program is to recognize outstanding Farm Bureau families who have distinguished themselves through participation in Farm Bureau programs and leadership, family activities, community and civic service, as well as displaying good farm operation management. Each county Farm Bureau is encouraged to annually select a deserving family and honor them at the county annual meeting or similar event. Each county Farm Bureau can then submit their winning family application for one of the 10 Kansas Farm Family of the Year awards to Kansas Farm Bureau. County winners receive a Farm Family of the Year yard sign they can display on their property. The 10 Kansas Farm Families of the Year receive special recognition at the KFB Annual Meeting and a commemorative gift. Click here to learn more.

Natural Resources Award

This award program recognizes KFB members who protect and improve our state's natural resources by using time-honored and cutting edge conservation practices. These farmers and ranchers demonstrate innovative agricultural production and resource conservation to an increasingly urban world. Those interested submit an application to their respective county Farm Bureaus, and each county submits one applicant for the statewide award competition. The state Environmental and Natural Resources Committee select the winners, who are recognized at the KFB Annual Meeting. Click here to learn more.

YF&R Competitive Events

Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) hosts a variety of competitive events throughout the year. Three YF&R level events are open to voting members between the ages of 18 and 35 year’s old and include the YF&R Discussion Meet, Excellence in Agriculture Award and YF&R of the Year Award. The Collegiate Discussion Meet and College Ag Quiz Bowl are open to all collegiate members. These events take place at the annual YF&R Leaders Conference. Additionally, the YF&R programs hosts a membership wide photo contest with winners announced at the KFB Annual Meeting. Click here for specific information for each event, as well as applications and registrations.