MFBF ACE - Advocate.Communicate.Educate

    Montana Farm Bureau’s ACE program is designed to empower Farm Bureau members to be confident, effective leaders in their County Farm Bureau and local communities. Advocacy follows leadership and with practiced, ever-evolving leadership skills, participants will be prepared to actively advocate on key industry issues.  

    2023 ACE Class Application

    Program Description

    2019 ACE Graduate, Cyndi Johnson.
    Armed to communicate industry issues, participants will be able to represent Farm Bureau interests and agriculture at a local, state and national level. ACE participants will receive an in-depth approach to leadership and how to apply it. More than that, ACE participants will learn to identify the needs of their own communities and the role they, and Farm Bureau, have in serving those needs. Without a vibrant, healthy grassroots foundation we cannot profoundly affect change on the policy issues impacting agriculture.

  • The focus of the program is built around 3 primarily objectives:
    1. Developing leaders
    2. Engaging Local Communities
    3. Issues Advocacy
    Upon completion of the program, graduates will have gained skills and understanding I the following areas: 
    • Advocacy 
    • Active Listening 
    • Public Speaking 
    • Coalition Building
    • Industry Issues & Public Policy 
    • Conflict Management
    • Communication with Elected officials, Media and Non-Ag Audiences

    Program Details & Eligibility

    MFBF ACE Class One, 2019
    • Applications are available on www.mfbf.org and are due by December 1, 2022.
    • Applicant must be a voting member in good standing with their county Farm Bureau.
    • Applicants must be willing to meet all time commitments associated with the program
    • Participation is limited to 10 individuals. The 2023 class will be announced in December 2022.
    • Selected participants are required to pay a $500 tuition fee.
      • You are encouraged to reach out to your county Farm Bureau and seek sponsorship.
    • Selected participants are required to sign, date and return a commitment form plus the tuition fee by December 31, 2022.
      • Montana Farm Bureau Federation
        Attn: 2022 ACE Application
        502 S. 19th Ave, Ste. 104
        Bozeman, MT  59718
    • Lodging and some meals will be provided during seminars. 


    During this year-long program, participants will attend six seminars focused on enhancing advocacy skills and leadership development. Throughout the year, class members will also participate in one-on-one virtual coaching sessions with an expert in leadership development.   

    The dates for the 2023 program are:

    • January 19-20, Bozeman: Leadership Development
    • March 23-24, Helena: Issues Advocacy & Legislative Affairs
    • May 4-5, Bozeman: Working with the MEdia and Communicating with Consumers 
    • June 5-6, Bozeman: Rural Development & Problem-Solving at MFBF Summer Conference
    • August 25-26, Bozeman: Grassroots Engagement
    • November 8-10, Billings: ACE Program Graduation at MFBF Annual Convention


    Contact Sue Ann Streufert or Liv Holt.

     Sue Ann: sueanns@mfbf.org or 406-587-3153

     Liv Holt: livh@mfbf.org or 406-581-3996

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