MFBF ACE - Advocate.Communicate.Educate
Montana Farm Bureau’s ACE program is designed to empower Farm Bureau members to actively advocate on key industry issues and be confident, effective leaders in their County Farm Bureau and local communities. The focus of the program is built around three primary objectives.
Develop Leaders - Participants will refine and establish premiere leadership and advocacy skills necessary to effectively communicate industry issues, represent Farm Bureau interests and agriculture at a local, state and national level and welcome new leadership responsibilities within their County and State Farm Bureau.
- 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 - The program encourages participants to actively build coalitions in local communities through teaching and practicing the necessary skills base and providing learning opportunities to engage local communities and county Farm Bureaus.
- Learn about and form mentorship and networking partnerships 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.
Issue Education - Top AFBF and MFBF staff will educate and inform participants of key industry issues and actionable steps necessary to communicate Farm Bureau policy and affect change.
- Study emergent industry issues to gain a high-level understanding and working knowledge.
- Identify and learn about fundamental agriculture issues.
- Create relationships with members who have knowledge and expertise in other areas.