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 LeadersRural 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
- Non-ag audiences
- Use learned skills and techniques through real-time networking and advocacy opportunities.
Engage Local Communities
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.
- 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.
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.
- Identify local needs.
- Study emergent industry issues.
- Create relationships with members who have knowledge and expertise in other areas.
Advocating for private property rights, with the right attitude
A young, Montana agriculture leader says being able to calmly and factually share stories and information about agriculture and what we do every day could be a tiny ripple to get our urban cousins thinking differently.
Learning to listen, lead for better rural communities
Scott Stoner knows it's important for all farmers and ranchers to be constantly learning and seeking ways to improve their communication skill set. If we don't speak up on issues and advocate for our way of life, then who will?
Taking the next steps to grow in confidence
Carbon-Stillwater Counties Farm Bureau leader Sarah Boyer takes the next steps to carry on a legacy of advocacy for Montana agriculture.
Rural leadership skills for rural business success
Fergus County Farm Bureau member Aly Robins knows that vibrant local businesses and agriculture make up the backbone of our rural communities. She's working to help both succeed by improving their marketing strategies.
New ACE program participants announced
For the fourth year, Montana Farm Bureau’s ACE (Advocate. Communicate. Educate.) program has been empowering Farm Bureau members to be confident, effective leaders in their county Farm Bureaus and local communities
ACE Graduates Praise Program
Each class member gave a 10-minute presentation that described how they would take the resources and skills learned through their time in the program and implement them in their own communities and county Farm Bureaus.
ACE program graduates ready to use advocacy skills
Learning how to advocate for agriculture has been a one-year endeavor for eight motivated Montana Farm Bureau members who have graduated from the ACE program. ACE, which stands for Advocate. Communicate. Educate. emphasizes leadership development, issue advocacy and the engagement of local communities.