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  • March 2016

    Celebrate National Ag Day on March 15th

    National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.

    The 2016 Ag Day will be celebrated on March 15th during National Ag Week which occurs March 13-19th. The Agriculture Council of America will host the campaign on a national level. The daylong celebration is about recognizing the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives. The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:

    1. Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
    2. Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
    3. Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

    This is a time to celebrate abundance all across the nation….and in Michigan, too. In fact, we along with our parent company, Michigan Farm Bureau will also observe Ag Week and Ag Day. Agriculture is Michigan’s second largest industry so we have a lot of reason to celebrate in this state.



    Kids sick? Here are some Survival Tips

    Life happens. Your child gets sick and has to miss a day of school. So how can you help your kids and lift their spirits when they’re home sick? Here are a few simple tips to help keep them happy and you sane:

    • Keep a water bottle next to your child’s bed so they can soothe themselves if they wake up with a scratchy throat.
    • To cool fevered brows, stick our child’s pillowcase in the freezer for a couple of minutes. Be sure to slip it into a plastic bag to keep it clean.
    • Ease chills by tumbling your child’s bathrobe in the clothes dryer for 10 minutes.
    • To soothe your child, give him or her a massage or foot rub.
    • Focus on diversions that are entertaining but not exhausting, such as listening to music or audio books or being read to.
    • Plan a picnic lunch on your child’s bedroom floor.
    • Nutrition can be tricky if your child has a stomach bug or dulled appetite. Offer smaller portions in smaller dishes…in a cup instead of a bowl, for example. Or, for an extra dose of fun, try toy dishware.
    • And, of course, make sure you have the right health insurance to protect your family. Your Farm Bureau Insurance agent can help you with your health insurance needs.

    Farm Bureau Insurance offers plans administered by Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan, the most trusted name in health care in the state. For health insurance made easy, contact your Farm Bureau Insurance agent today.


    Let it be Spring!

    March is here! In like a lion and out like a lamb as they say, and as Michiganders, we couldn’t be more happy to say so long to the frigid temps and snow. Oh so much snow. With spring’s official kick off on the 20th of this month, it’s time to get the home ready for that first spring cleaning.

    As soon as it warms up be sure to do the following for the external maintenance and internal maintenance of you home. Doing so could help protect your property against some of the season’s weather ailments (strong storms, wind and rain).

    Outdoor Tasks:

    • Clean gutters and downspouts
    • Inspect roof and chimney for cracks and damage
    • Touch up peeling or damaged paint
    • Wash all windows, inside and out
    • Install screens on windows and doors
    • Clean outdoor furniture and air out cushions
    • Service your lawn mower
    • Fertilize your lawn

    Indoor Tasks:

    • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set clocks forward
    • If your basement has a sump pump, test it by dumping a large bucket of water into the basin of the sump pump. This should activate the sump pump. If it does not switch on or if it's not pumping water, it may need to be serviced by a professional. Also, check for and remove any debris and make sure there are no leaks.
    • Wash and change seasonal bedding
    • Dust blinds and vacuum curtains throughout your house
    • Clean kitchen and bathroom cabinets and throw away outdated food, medicine and cosmetics


    MDOT Seeks Road Watchers

    The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is on the lookout for drivers who may be interested in volunteering as a “Road Watcher.” Road Watchers, provide reports on how well the organization (MDOT) is keeping up on the maintenance of Michigan roads and work zones. Road Watchers also suggest improvements that could be made to help Michigan motorists on the move.

    Those who volunteer are asked to periodically complete a brief online survey. This survey asks them to reflect upon their experiences. The process is completely voluntary and much appreciated. According to the MDOT website, “We value direct and honest feedback, with the goal of improving our processes and practices so we can better serve our motorists.”

    If you want to help and are interested in learning more about becoming a Road Watcher, check out the links below:

    Bay Region Road Watchers

    Seeking Road Watchers to report on the condition of the roads during their morning commute in MDOT's Bay Region during the winter months. If you're a motorist in the Bay Region, feel free to take the survey and become a Bay Region Road Watchers.

    Grand Region Road Watchers

    Looking for motorists interested in participating in periodic online surveys regarding the condition of the roads during their morning commute in MDOT's Grand Region during the winter months. If you're a motorist in the Grand Region, please participate in the following survey to become a Grand Region Road Watchers.

    North Region Road Watchers

    Seeking information and feedback on how well MDOT is maintaining roads in MDOT's North Region during the winter months. Drivers who volunteer will complete brief online surveys regarding the condition of the roads during their morning commute, between 6-9 a.m. Sign up to become a North Region Road Watchers.

    Superior Region Road Watchers

    Seeking feedback. How was your ride? MDOT's Superior Region wants to know and is looking for motorists willing to complete brief online surveys about road conditions after winter weather events. Provide your feedback by becoming a Superior Region Road Watchers.

    For more information regarding MDOT’s Road Watchers program visit the MDOT website.

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