Today’s session began with a presentation from MN Farm Bureau President, Kevin Paap. He gave a good overview of lobbying and how to be influential at the capitol. He really emphasized building relationships and trust when working at the legislature.
Most of the day was devoted to meeting with members of the legislature. During this time the MARL program was also on the agenda for the House Ag Finance Committee. Bull Mulso and Mike Liepold presented background on the program. Luke, Yolanda, Heath & Barb also had a chance to testify to the committee on behalf of the program – and they did a fantastic job!!
Mike Liepold gave an overview of the Washington DC Seminar and instruction on what we’ll need to bring how to act and how to get around town.
EQI coaching teams met to develop plans on how to improve EQI testing over the course of MARL.
Paula Mohr presented results from letter to the editor assignment and plans to print two letters in The Farmer magazine.
The St. Paul session banquet was held including a large number of special guests and MARL Alumni State FFA officers presented to the group regarding their recent trip to South Africa. Al Edisen spoke about the new public speaking training program available to rural leaders. Kevin Dahlman, a producer who went through the speaking training gave a presentation about his seed growing business. Bruce Tiffany shared his work on water quality both on his farm and elsewhere with the group.