Why access matters to farm risk management
The challenges of access to the necessary tools and experience to advance in agriculture make the organization's goals massively important.
Nationwide sees a lack of access to a lot of the resources people need to thrive in agriculture. Specific to risk management, that means knowledge of the right products and coverage levels. Growing that knowledge and experience may prevent farmers from putting themselves in situations where they could lose their business if they don't have the right coverage levels."
These hurdles and opportunities took on new life at the 2022 MANRRS Conference. More than 1,100 members from over 70 chapters around the country attended, with these issues taking center-stage.
“Excitement and enthusiasm were contagious and widespread as students, advisors and corporate partners all were happy to see each other's faces and engage in networking, contests and educational workshops,” Bernard said. “It was nothing short of amazing.”
Attend a MANRRS regional cluster meeting
Each year, MANRRS hosts regional cluster meetings that serve as the organization's fall premiere recruiting events. The goal of the meetings is to provide regional opportunities to promote the development of leadership skills that will prepare members for a thriving future in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences. These events ultimately ladder up to the MANRRS National Conference.
“Students in each region can come together to compete in competitions, network, apply for internships, and really build camaraderie, while gaining leadership development and training,” Bernard said.
Broadening MANRRS’ influence in agriculture
Bernard sees the growth in MANRRS events as fundamental to the organization’s long-term vision. It will also broaden the influence of agriculture in big issues like natural resource conservation.
“While protecting natural resources happens around the world, it’s a conversation I really want to drive and prioritize as an organization,” Bernard said. “It will happen as we build up the skill level of MANRRS members in the business of science and agriculture.”
To learn more about MANRRS, visit MANRRS.org.