What is the Young Farmer Program?

Michigan Sugar Company’s Young Farmer Program provides a forum for sugarbeet growers between the ages of 18 and 40 who are interested in learning more about the sugar industry and the company. It gives participants the opportunity to join in activities designed to help them gain a better understanding of our cooperative, as well as learn how to become a more successful sugarbeet grower and future leader in our industry.

Now, more than ever, it is crucial we encourage and develop the next generation of sugarbeet growers to sustain our industry for the future.

Who Can Participate?

All Michigan Sugar Company shareholders are eligible to participate as are individuals sponsored by a shareholder – son, daughter, niece, nephew, or hired help, for example.

How to Sign Up

The Young Farmer Sponsorship Application is available on the Michigan Sugar Company member website under the “Agriculture” tab.

Programming

The Young Farmer Program Committee is always open to new ideas for networking and learning opportunities. The main goal is to help young farmers learn and grow in the sugarbeet industry, so organizers strive to bring relevant, worthwhile content and topics to each event. If there is a topic you are interested in hearing about, please let us know.

Past events have included:

  • Exclusive factory tours.
  • Young Farmer Informational Breakfast Series.
  • Annual Young Farmer Golf Outing.
  • Round table discussions with Michigan Sugar Company executives.
  • Bowling outing.
  • Virtual informational meetings.

Contact

For more information about the Young Farmer program, contact Jessica Carter at jessica.carter@michigansugar.com or 989-686-1549, extension 2210.

Upcoming events:

TENTATIVE: June 24, 2022 – Young Farmer Golf Outing.

Aug. 12, 2022 – MSC Roundtable Discussion