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AFBF welcomes submissions of proposals for workshops and presentations during the 2021 FUSION Conference taking place March 13-1 5 in Portland, Oregon. All submissions must be received by Friday, July 31st, 2020, at 12:00 noon Eastern. Proposals will be accepted through an online submission form.

AFBF is the nation’s largest general farm organization with nearly six million family members, represented in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Farm Bureau is a non-profit, grassroots organization that relies on volunteer leaders to develop and implement policy, education and outreach programs on behalf of farmers, ranchers and rural communities.


Desired Workshop Topic Areas

Sessions should be forward-thinking and stimulate discussion and engagement with attendees.  Our goal is to provide balanced workshops that meet the variety of interests of conference attendees. We aim to provide specific, action-item focused sessions that provide attendees with knowledge they can take back and apply to their own operations and daily lives. We expect 1,100+ members and state staff from across the country to participate in the conference. 

  • Crop and livestock economic outlook
  • Cultivating rural communities & entrepreneurship
  • Direct consumer marketing & agritourism

  • Resume creation
  • Tips for a successful interview

  • Where does my food come from?
  • What does agriculture mean to the consumer?
  • Value chains: Producer driven vs. buyer driven

  • Professional development & leadership training
  • The unifying voice of Farm Bureau
  • Membership growth/renewal opportunities

  • Congressional & agency updates
  • Current issues updates (e.g. climate change, sustainability, water resources and transportation)
  • How to influence policy, laws & regulations

  • Education about on-the-farm technology
  • Biotechnology advancements

  • Farm family succession planning
  • Food & farm safety
  • Crop insurance/risk management issues
  • Mental health and wellness

A successful workshop should include:

  • a focus on providing educational information for the attendees
  • digging deep with the content
  • information attendees can apply and implement immediately
  • relevance to the audience

How to Submit a Proposal

Step 1: Complete the online Workshop Proposal Form.

Step 2: Submit the FUSION Workshop Proposal Form on or before July 31st at 12:00 noon Eastern.

Step 3: Qualify

Selection is based on meeting the workshop needs defined and the speakers' qualifications to present on the proposed subject matter. All proposals will be reviewed and decided by the Speaker Engagement Committee and notifications will be e-mailed no later than September 20th, 2020.

Our goal is to provide balanced workshops that meet a variety of interests of conference attendees. We aim to provide specific, action-focused workshops that provide attendees with knowledge they can take back and apply to their own farms and daily lives. Please keep in mind that the FUSION workshops must be issue-oriented and content-rich. Workshops may not be used to sell products and services.

Step 4: If your proposal is selected

Sessions will be promoted on the official FUSION website and other social media platforms. Presenters will gain valuable professional exposure and networking opportunities.

Honoraria: AFBF looks for contributors who are willing to share their expertise without expectation of payment in the spirit of shared purpose. If an honorarium is required, please note that during the RFP process.

AFBF will provide complimentary FUSION Conference registration. Invitation only and ticketed events will not be included. Speakers’ guests will need to pay for their registration.


For More Information

If you have any questions about the FUSION Conference speaker proposal process, please email jordanh@fb.org.

Note: This is different from the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention Request for Speakers. That application deadline was May 25, 2020. If you have questions related to that process, please email conventions@fb.org.

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