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June 2015

AFBF SPARC Conference
June 16-18, 2015
Charlotte, NC

The AFBF SPARC Conference is a collaborative professional development conference for staff members from AFBF and our state Farm Bureaus, specifically members of communications, legislative, legal, political activity and grassroots advocacy teams. The conference is designed to strengthen Farm Bureau’s ability to implement policy by aligning the organization’s action platforms around key issues and initiatives.

Contact Person: Linda Himmel
Phone: 202-406-3676
Email: lj@fb.org

AFBF CORE Conference
June 23-25, 2015
Indianapolis, IN

State Farm Bureau Organization Directors, Field Staff P&E, WL, YF&R Coordinators, Rural Development, Training and Foundation staff will exchange ideas, identify future needs, enhance their professional networks and develop skills that will enable them to be more effective and strategic in their jobs.

Contact Person: Robin Kinney
Phone: 202-406-3706
Email: robink@fb.org

January 2016

AFBF Annual Convention
January 10-13, 2016
Orlando, FL

The American Farm Bureau Federation is the nation’s largest general farm organization. More than 6.1 million American families are members of Farm Bureau in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Each January, thousands of those members get together to conduct the business of the national organization, benefit from informative sessions on agricultural and rural issues and share camaraderie with their fellow farmers and ranchers. At the annual meeting of Farm Bureau voting delegates, our leaders set the national organization’s policies for the next year. These policies – surfaced and debated from the grassroots level on up – guide our national policy implementation efforts throughout the following year.

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Contact Person: John Hawkins
Phone: 202-406-3677
Email: jhawkins@fb.org

February 2016

AFBF YF&R Conference
February 12-15, 2016
Kansas City, MO

The YF&R Leadership Conference is a learning and networking opportunity for Farm Bureau's young farmers and ranchers to increase their knowledge about leadership development skills, agricultural issues and network with other young farmers and ranchers.

Contact Person: Marty Tatman
Email: martyt@fb.org

AFBF Advocacy Conference
February 22-25, 2016
Washington, D.C.

The Advocacy Conference will energize and activate our leaders to be strong advocates on AFBF's strategic issues for the 114th Congress. Attendees will receive issue briefings and answers to their questions as well as be provided with the right tools to and engage in the critical job of implementing Farm Bureau policy. Visits to the congressional delegation to layout Farm Bureau's agenda will be included. The Advocacy Conference is a high caliber meeting for state Farm Bureau Presidents, Administrators/Assistants to Presidents, key staff leaders and state Farm Bureau Board of Directors. This meeting will also incorporate the activities of the AFBF Issue Advisory Committees.

Contact Person: Cody Lyon
Email: codyl@fb.org

June 2016

AFBF SPARC Conference
June 12-15, 2016
Salt Lake City, UT

Strengthen FB's ability to implement policy by aligning staff across all areas of expertise on key issues that set precedence, either at the state or national level. Ultimately create cross functional strategy for communications, legislative, legal, political and grassroots advocacy.

Contact Person: LJ Himmel
Email: lj@fb.org

August 2016

AFBF Staff Institute
August 1-2, 2016

Note: Dates are Tentative - This meeting has not yet been contracted; specific dates may change, but we intend to hold this conference during the summer of 2016. AFBF Staff Institute is an opportunity for Farm Bureau staff across the country to network, learn, and grow. Institute includes keynote speakers, breakout workshops, and networking opportunities for state and American Farm Bureau staff.

Contact Person: Kyle Perry
Email: kylep@fb.org