Farm Forum event will help students battle anti-agriculture agendas

The MU Collegiate Farm Bureau (CFB) is set to host its annual Farm Forum event on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Mumford Hall, Room 133.

“Farm Forum is an annual event held by CFB where students are able to learn and interact with industry professionals,” said Morgan Beach, CFB president. “Collegiate Farm Bureau hopes to educate students on campus about current agricultural issues in hopes that students become more informed citizens, raise awareness for issues and vote.”

The target audience for the event is college students both inside and outside of the agriculture industry. However, the message will also pertain to MU faculty and Columbia residents, who are also welcome to attend.

According to Haley Thompson, the chapter’s vice president, CFB used the feedback from last year’s Farm Forum to choose their speaker and message to the audience.

“Feedback from past years show that most attendees were already aware of the issues presented, but were unaware of what to do with the information,” Thompson said.

This year’s speaker is Kevin Murphy, founder and owner of Food-Chain Communications LLC.

“Mr. Murphy is well-versed in agricultural issues and has a great perspective on what collegiate agriculturalists face,” Thompson said. “Anti-agriculture agendas and agricultural illiteracy among our peers are issues that we face every day. He will touch on these issues and give students ways that they can make a difference on campus and beyond.”

Students who attend Farm Forum will get the opportunity to engage in a professional development event, network with other agriculturists and deepen their agriculture knowledge.

“As a student attending, you gain more of an understanding of the topic as well as strategies to combat this issue,” Beach said. “This information will serve us on campus, during internships and jobs to make a difference in the world around us.”

To stay updated with CFB and Farm Forum visit the CFB Facebook page.

Courtney Spencer

About the Author Courtney Spencer

My passion for agriculture and the livestock industry began at a young age. I grew up on a small purebred beef cattle operation where my family and I raise gelbvieh and balancer cattle. I began showing cattle as soon as I could walk and have spent every summer exhibiting cattle at the local, state, regional and national levels. I have quickly found my fit in the Animal Sciences department and am excited to gain some writing and communications experience through my involvement with CAFNR Corner Post.