4-H & FFA Student Experience
4H and FFA members are invited to attend the 2018 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention. FFA and 4H students will receive FREE admission. One free chaperone and advisor/club leader per chapter/club. Please note: This is a self-guided experience with key learning opportunities along the way. Students must be supervised by a chaperone at ALL TIMES. AFBFA will not provide direct supervision for students attending.
Stop by the AFBF Booth and talk with your AFBF staff. This is your one stop spot for all the answers. Topic experts will answer questions and help you learn more about hot topics regarding agriculture and how they affect farmers and ranchers. AFBF and state staff will be there to offer advice on farm bureau activities and ways to get involved. Also, learn more about the benefits of being a member and the discounts you receive. While you are there, share about why you are Farm Bureau Proud. Come on by, we want to hear from you.
Tennessee Ag Tours
Explore local Tennessee agriculture by going an ag tour. More information coming soon.
Communicate, Collaborate, Influence
Breakout sessions focusing on learning and development for members, board members, educators and more.
Take some time to listen to one of our IDEAg Cultivation Center presentations. These 15 minute town-hall style workshops cover a variety of topics and serve as the educational centerpiece of the IDEAg Trade Show. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about the newest and best ideas, hear FRED Talks (Farmer and Rancher Education), see previews of future workshops, or hear what businesses have to offer at their trade show booth. You can find these speakers in the center of the trade show on the round theater. The Cultivation Center is sure to spark new ideas that will inspire growth into the future.
Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge
The Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. The Challenge provides rural entrepreneurs with seed money to help grow their businesses. At the Annual American Farm Bureau Convention, the top 4 rural entrepreneur finalist will pitch their innovative business ideas to a team of judges, with expertise in business development and agribusiness, and a live audience. You will have the chance to vote for People’s Choice Award and watch as the entrepreneurs compete for the title Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year. Come by the Cultivation Center to celebrate the ideas of some of rural America’s finest, future agribusiness leaders.
Join the fun with the Foundation! Information about these fantastic events promoting ag literacy is coming soon.
Sunday, January 7, 2018
The World is Led By Those Who Show Up
Speaker: Chris Chinn, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture
Chris Chinn is a classic example of speaking up, stepping out and making a difference. Currently serving as the Missouri Director of Agriculture, in her role she is dedicated to the promotion and protection of the state’s agriculture industry that includes nearly 100,000 farms and 28 million acres of farmland. The agency has five divisions and agriculture employs nearly 400,000 people. Chinn is a fifth generation farmer who established a following on social media early on and is known as an agriculture advocate who bridges the gap between farmers and consumers. Chris and her husband, Kevin have two children and are Farm Bureau members in Shelby County, Missouri. She has served in Farm Bureau leadership at the county, state and national level. She is a past chair of the AFBF YF&R Committee, AFBF Board of Directors, and was a Class 5 PAL Alumni. Chinn was named one of the Faces of Farming and Ranching in 2013 by USFRA. The Chinn’s manage a farrow-to-finish hog operation and the family’s feed mill. She walks the talk and you won’t want to miss hearing her talk about how getting engaged can make a difference.