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Ag ambassadors to travel to Michigan

—By Taylor Skuglik
Public Relations Intern

This year’s Indiana Farm Bureau ACE (Agriculture Cultural Exchange) ambassadors will travel to Michigan to explore the state’s diverse agriculture.

Selected to represent IFB this year are Rachel and Matthew Stine of Montgomery County and Stephen and Sherry Neff of Marshall County. The trip will take place July 29 through Aug. 1.

Each year two representatives are chosen as ACE ambassadors by the IFB Women’s Leadership Committee to travel to another area of the country and promote greater understanding of agriculture, people, family life and cultures.

The Stines and the Neffs will visit several Michigan cities on the trip, including Grand Rapids, Traverse City and East Lansing. They will tour a variety of farms that specialize in many different products such as hops, cherries, apples, squash, asparagus and more.

Several meals will be held on the farms with chances to sample the local food.

During the trip they will also visit Michigan State University’s Horticulture Research Center, Monsanto Seed Corn research facility, and multiple wineries. On the last day of the program, the attendees will choose from several different farms and wineries to visit on their own.

After the Stines and Neffs return, they will give presentations at Farm Bureau meetings and to community groups throughout the state.

For more on the ACE Ambassador program, visit IFB’s website ( and, under the “Program” tab, click on “Women’s Leadership Committee. The application for the 2015 trip is already posted. -

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