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Have you been in a grocery store and heard some misinformation on food and wanted to effectively offer an alternative thought but just didn’t do it?  Have you had a conversation with your friends about farming but were frustrated that you weren’t able to get your point of view across? Or have you had an opportunity to give a presentation about your experience as a farmer advocate but didn’t feel like you could do it? Or maybe you have done these things and would like to improve your skills and increase your confidence. If so, AFACT’s Farmer Voices is for you!

Farmer Voices is a new program that trains those who are passionate about agriculture to share their personal stories with others. And we know that telling our ag story is more important than ever before.

Farmer Voices is not a meeting where you sit and listen to speakers. This information simply can’t be absorbed by only sitting and listening.  In this 2-day workshop, you practice what you learn and gain immediate feedback from professional coaches.

Our next workshop will be held November 8-9, 2010 at the historic Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna, MN near Minneapolis-St. Paul.  We’re excited to be hosting this intensive two-day program in such a warm and welcoming atmosphere with roots in agriculture.

Why Join Farmer Voices?

  1. As an AFACT member, your participation is free!
  2. Live training and professional coaching to develop presentation content, materials and effective delivery of your message.
  3. Promotion on the Farmer Voices web site and speakers bureau, plus training and support to promote yourself using social media.

Not an AFACT member yet?

Consider this, for the $175 annual dues and two days of your time, you will receive:

  • 2 Day Live Training Session
  • Paid travel expenses (hotel, meals and airfare or mileage)
  • All of the training, coaching and promotion shown above

Dairy Farmer Daphne Holterman, one of our first program participants,  had this to say about her Farmer Voices experience:

Farmer Voices opened up my eyes to really consider other points of view and how people with different backgrounds “see” agriculture. It’s in our best interests as producers to peer around the corner into consumers’ views, and then share our story in a way they can comprehend. This training was a big step in that direction. I’ll draw on this experience every time I do a media interview or have a consumer contact from here on out.”

AFACT is willing to invest in the impact we know you can have on consumers and the food chain.  Are you?

Join AFACT and apply online Today!

Participant Selection Guidelines

  • Application is open to all AFACT members.
  • Applicants will be actively involved in agriculture.
  • All applicants should have a desire to share their stories about agriculture with targeted groups in the community.

Consideration will be given to interest and willingness of the participant to commit the required time, energy and finances for the program. Accepted candidates are expected to participate in the full two-year program.

We know you have something to say. Farmer Voices has award-winning presenters to teach you how to say it and a program to get you in front of the audience that matters. Apply online today!

Questions?  Email or call us at (800) 340-0737.  If you would like to speak with one of our Leadership Team members about AFACT and Farmer Voices, please include your contact information in an email requesting a call.


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