Christopher D. Johnston
6241 Grand River Road
Bancroft, MI 48414
(989)634-9350 (H) (989)666-6648 (C)

404 S. Oak Street
Durand, MI 48429


Legislative Issues Continued
Last month I mentioned that I was about to be boarding a plane for Washington D.C. Well I made it out there and back all in one piece. I was hoping that similar to years past I would be able to get into Sen. Stabenows office for a visit with her staff. That did not happen, I was however, able to get an appointment with Congressman John Moolenaar. I had a 10:30 appointment that was to last 15 minutes, however I finally walked out of his office shortly after 11. Some people in his waiting room did not look happy. We had a lot of good discussion about issues concerning the National Grange as well as the Michigan State Grange and the people of Michigan. While at the National Grange office for the weekend we had many visitors come to talk with those of us there for the Fly In. Many dealt with rural broadband and the relativity of those in rural community being able to benefit from faster internet service and being able to operate businesses at a more productive rate than they currently are able to. Some discussion was held about urging congress to pass the disaster relief bill that would help many farmers and ranchers in the Great Plains dealing with the over abundance of rain and flooding they had earlier this year.

​State Grange Session
As many of you are well aware the annual session is quickly approaching. In the next issue of the Michigan Grange news you will find more information in regards to places for lodging in the Adrian area. Region 4 will be hosting the convention at the Lenawee County Fairgrounds in the community building. As in years past I am sure that everyone will have a great time seeing old friends and getting acquainted with new friends.

​National Grange Session
National Grange session will be quickly following the state session. With only 2 weeks between sessions there will be little time for rest before we head to Minnesota. Which also means that in order to assist National grange in the preparations for the delegate body we need to do our due diligence in making sure that the resolutions we pass are in proper form and are relevant to the times and events of the country and organization. ​

We may still be looking for some volunteers to assist at the National session with various projects. If you are planning to attend please contact either Sharon Popler or Peggy Johnston and they will assist you in finding something to help occupy your time. 

Michigan State Grange Pins
The newest pin of the Michigan State Grange is available for purchase through the state Secretary the cost is only $5.00 per pin and the proceeds are going to helping with the Michigan State Grange 150th celebration that we will have in 2023.
Until next time…….


Welcome to Spring?
As Mother Nature is doing her best to keep us guessing if this is spring or winter or summer, farmers are trying to stay one step ahead. I have seen some fields that have been partially tilled, some have been completely tilled, many have not been touched. I am sure that in the next few weeks many farmers will have gotten their crops in and the magic of the growing season will have begun.

Legislative Issues
A couple weeks ago I was invited to attend a 2018 Farm Bill Specialty Crop Forum hosted by the staff of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. At this forum, I learned that there were no funds removed from the base line of the Farm Bill from the previous version. Also, Michigan is now ranked 4th in the country in production of Hops. Michigan has always been a diverse production state; however, I was unaware of the commercial production of hops.

​In a few short hours from the time of me writing this article. I will be boarding a plane and heading to Washington DC to join many other Grangers during the National Grange Legislative Fly-In to discuss topics of current importance on Capitol Hill. While I currently have a confirmed meeting set up with Congressman John Moolenaar, I am planning to stop by Senator Stabenow’s office and Senator Peters’ office in hopes they will be able to meet with me. We will be discussing the Grange’s position on topics such as Healthcare, Agriculture, and telecommunications.

​State Convention
As I am sure you are all aware by now, we have our State Grange Convention coming up in October. What you may not know is that we have changed the dates from our usual dates to the next week due to facility availability. Mark on your calendar the new dates which will be October 24, 25, 26, 2019. The location is at the fairgrounds in Adrian as we have been in the past. Hotel and meal information will be in later editions of the Grange News.

National Convention
This is our year to be part of the region that will be hosting the National Session in Bloomington, Minnesota. Lots of help is needed, either in manual help or in donations for the hospitality room. Check with the State Office on how you can help us host the best National Session. The session is November 5-9, 2019.

​State Grange Pin Sale
We still have lots of pins to sell so that we can celebrate our 150th Anniversary in style! They are $5.00 each and shows your Michigan Grange pride. Order a bunch for your Grange and sell them to your members, friends and family.

National Foundation Quilt Raffle
National Foundation is selling raffle tickets for a beautiful quilt made of last years Tender Heart quilt block entries. The tickets are available for $5.00 each for a queen size quilt. The drawing will be at the National Session on November 8th. Get your tickets from me or the state office.

Until next time………