New training available for agricultural board members

Learn how to improve board management and impact and Nov. 9 workshop in East Lansing.

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Effective agricultural boards have a huge impact on their members. Boards can help prepare their industries for opportunities and challenges, represent their interests politically, influence innovation and growth, and build a powerful network of allies. However, there is no doubt that working with others to address complex issues is difficult, and we have all sat through our share of ineffective meetings that leave members feeling frustrated and uncertain. Successful boards use a few tricks that allow them to use their time wisely, provide clarity and optimize impact.

If you and your board are ready to learn new skills to help you address challenges and opportunities effectively, join us for an Ag Board Leadership and Resource Workshop, a free, one-day professional development opportunity on Nov. 9, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the MSU Federal Credit Union Community Room, 4825 Mt. Hope Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823.

This training was specifically designed to assist people serving on agricultural or ag-related boards including non-profits, commodity boards, cooperative boards and corporate ag-industry boards. This training is suited for newly elected and long-serving board members. Participation by multiple board members is encouraged.

The Ag Board Leadership and Resource Workshop will include engaged exercises that address improving media relations, using meeting time effectively through parliamentary procedure, understanding how to successfully leverage your board’s influence, and how to play a role in governance. Speakers include an array of Michigan State University faculty working in media relations, government and public policy, community food systems, leadership, tribal governance and agriculture.

A complete agenda is available on the Ag Board Leadership and Resource Workshop registration page. Registration is required and space is limited, so register today!

The event is being sponsored by the Great Lakes Leadership Academy and MSU Extension.

This material is based upon work supported by the USDA NIFA under Award No. 2017-700006-27175. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the view of the US Department of Agriculture.

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