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    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.  

    The focus of the program is built around three primary objectives:

    Develop Leaders

    2019 ACE Graduate, Cyndi Johnson.
    Rural Montana needs strong leadership. We need school board members, local government officials and energetic County Farm Bureau volunteers. ACE participants will refine and establish premiere leadership skills to prepare them for their next leadership step. Armed to communicate industry issues, these participants will be able to represent Farm Bureau interests and agriculture at a local, state and national level.  Welcoming new leadership responsibilities within their County and State Farm Bureau; ACE participants receive an in-depth approach to leadership and how to apply it.


    • Learn and practice key leadership skills:
      • Public speaking
      • Active listening
      • Conflict management
    • Learn key techniques and strategies for working with:
      • Elected officials
      • Media
      • Non-ag audiences
    • Use learned skills and techniques through real-time networking and advocacy opportunities.

    Engage Local Communities

    MFBF ACE Class One, 2019.

    We know there is strength in numbers. ACE encourages participants to actively build coalitions in local communities through teaching and practicing the necessary skills base. Learning opportunities will explore how to seek out and build positive and effective coalitions and why Farm Bureau should be the catalyst to engage local communities.

    Participants will:

    • Learn about and form partnerships through mentorship and networking within their local communities and across Montana.
    • Use these partnerships to identify shared interests and goals with other groups or individuals and build collaborative coalitions at the local level.
    • Use learned skills to encourage others to participate in advocacy efforts and to offer educational opportunities for their county Farm Bureau and community.

    Issues Advocacy

    Creating empowered advocates is crucial to the longevity of rural Montana. We will hear from top AFBF and MFBF staff on key industry issues.  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.

    Participants will:

    • Identify local needs.  
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    • Study emergent industry issues.
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    • Create relationships with members who have knowledge and expertise in other areas.

    Calendar 

    ACE is a one-year program starting in January.  Throughout the year, participants will attend six trainings focused on enhancing advocacy skills and leadership development.  The dates for the 2022 program are included below.  Unless otherwise stated, trainings will take place at the MFBF offices in Bozeman. 

    2022 ACE Calendar 

    • January 19-21, 2022 - Bozeman
    • March 2-4, 2022 - Helena
    • May 4-6, 2022 - Bozeman
    • June 13-15, 2022 - MFBF Summer Conference @ Fairmont Hot Springs
    • August 31 - September 1, 2022 - Bozeman
    • November 2022 - MFBF Convention

    Additional Details

     Lodging and some meals will be provided during trainings.  Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from trainings.

     Participation is limited to 10 individuals.  Participants will be announced in December of 2021.

     Selected participants are required to pay a $500 tuition fee.  You are encouraged to reach out to your local county Farm Bureaus and seek sponsorship.

     Selected participants are required to sign, date and return the commitment form and the $500 tuition fee by December 31, 2021.  Mail signed form and tuition fee to:

     Montana Farm Bureau Federation
    Attn: 2022 ACE Application
    502 S. 19th Ave, Ste. 104
    Bozeman, MT  59718

    Questions? 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

    Applications are DUE December 10, 2021.  Click here for the 2022 Application Form. 

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