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MEMORANDUM

DATE: October 22, 2013

TO: State Farm Bureau Communications/PR Staff

FROM: Mace Thornton, Executive Director, AFBF Communications

RE: AFBF’s 95th Annual Convention – January 12-15, 2014, San Antonio, Texas

You are invited to join us at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 2014 Annual Convention, January 12-15, in San Antonio. The meeting will take place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

We will reserve hotel rooms for media at the Marriott Riverwalk, 889 East Market Street. Our rate at the Marriott is $179 ROH S/D +16.75% tax/night, based on availability.

To ensure a room at the Marriott, please return the attached registration form via email by Nov. 30. Our hotel block is filling up fast, so please comply with the deadline.

As usual, we will provide a full range of media services in our fully equipped and staffed newsroom facility to help you cover our meeting. For your convenience, we will also provide you lunch service throughout the meeting.

Our annual convention features a number of concurrent events and our news operation is designed to help you cover everything. For major speeches, news conferences and events, we provide audio mult boxes, photographic services and prepared news releases. New this year is an AFBF convention app, which will have a special media section to help you navigate press worthy events and opportunities. Telephones, computers, Internet access and audio workspace will all be available.

High definition video coverage of many key events will be made available for download during the meeting. If you have any questions please contact John Earl, Director of Technical Resources, 202-406-3651 or johne@fb.org.

AFBF President Bob Stallman will open the meeting Sunday morning. Gen. Stan McChrystal, a retired four-star general and former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, will serve as a keynote speaker on Monday.

In other events, agricultural specialists from both the public and private sectors will be featured during a full slate of special issue and outlook conferences. There will also be the Farm Bureau Showcase, a trade show featuring equipment exhibits and innovative program and idea displays from state and county Farm Bureaus and their members, and a full slate of competitive events featuring Young Farmer and Rancher participants.

The final two days, Jan. 14 and 15, will be devoted to the business session of our voting delegates, when our members set Farm Bureau policy positions on major national and international issues for the coming year. As always, reporters are welcome to cover those deliberations.

If you have questions please contact Tracy Taylor Grondine at 202-406-3642 or tracyg@fb.org or me at 202-406-3641 or macet@fb.org.

We hope to see you in San Antonio.

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