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Annual Convention Media Guide

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Communications team will provide a full range of media services during the convention, from news releases to interview assistance. Our annual convention features a number of concurrent events and our comprehensive news operation is designed to help you cover everything. Bring your cameras, laptops and audio recorders, plug in and we will help with the rest.

The AFBF annual convention newsroom, media workroom and broadcast facilities will be located in New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Friday, Jan. 11 through Wednesday, Jan. 16. Most of the newsworthy action will take place beginning Sunday and conclude after Tuesday’s delegate business session.

Media Room Locations

Newsroom Headquarters, 240/241
Media Workroom, 239
News Conferences, 238
TV Editing & Photos, 346/347

Media Registration

Registration for media credentials will be in Hall E of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Look for the “Media Registration” sign along the registration tables. Registration hours will be: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11; 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12 and Sunday, Jan. 13; and 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14.

Official newsroom hours are: Sunday through Tuesday from 7:00 a.m. until one-half hour after closing events. If you have special deadlines, please don’t hesitate to ask a member of the AFBF Communications staff for assistance.

Media facilities are open to members of the working media and state Farm Bureau Communications staff with approved credentials only. If you have special deadlines, please don’t hesitate to ask a member of the AFBF Communications staff for assistance.

Media facilities are open to members of the working media and state Farm Bureau Communications staff with approved credentials only. Be sure to wear your media credentials at all times.


So that attendees will have unobstructed views of the stage during the opening and closing general sessions, there will be two officially designated photography areas for state Farm Bureau and photographers with media credentials. Those photo areas will be on the left and right side of the stage. Official AFBF photographers for the event will have limited access to the center stage area, and AFBF will provide “pool” photographs for state Farm Bureau and news media use shortly after the close of each general session at If you have any questions or would like additional details, please contact Mary A. Burns, AFBF Creative Services Director, at

Photos for all events will be posted at They will be organized by event in collections.


Audio Download/RSS: Selected workshop audio will be available here:

Video Coverage

Video coverage of many key events during the convention will be made available for both streaming and download. High-quality downloadable video will be found on Dropbox at We will provide video files suitable for editing from key events of the convention, both B-roll/cutaways, as well as source footage. 

If you have any questions or require any special coverage of events, please contact Sue McCoskey at

Streaming Video Schedule

We will be live streaming President Duvall’s annual address at ( with sharing links such as Facebook available from this site. We will also provide shareable recorded video streams of selected content from the convention at that livestream page.

There may be additions and changes, but the current live streaming schedule is as follows:

Sunday, Jan. 13

9:30 a.m. Central
Opening General Session

  • President Duvall’s Annual Address
  • Remarks from Sen. Pat Roberts  
  • Presentation of Distinguished Service Award and Founders Award

  • Presentation of state membership awards

11:00 a.m. Central
Ag Innovation Challenge Live Competition

3:45 p.m. Central
Town Hall

Monday, Jan. 14

8:30 a.m. Central
YF&R Discussion Meet Final Four

9:55 a.m. Central
Closing General Session

  • Presentation of YF&R awards
  • Presentation of Ag Innovation Challenge winners

11:40 a.m. Central
President Donald Trump Addresses Farm Bureau

1:00 p.m. Central
Field to Fork Face-off Game Show

News Conferences

Other News Conferences will be posted in the Media Workroom as they are officially scheduled. Video of the news conferences can be downloaded after their conclusion at

Sunday, Jan. 13

11:00 a.m. Central
AFBF President Zippy Duvall and Sen. Pat Roberts

3:35 p.m. Central
Sen. Jerry Moran and Rep. James Comer

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Time TBD (approximately one hour after the close of the business session)
AFBF President Zippy Duvall

Other Dignitaries

Sunday, Jan. 13

1:30 p.m. Central
Niche Ag & Marketing Industrial Hemp: How Farmers Can Profit in this Emerging Industry, Room 353

Rep. James Comer

Monday, Jan. 14

Time to be determined.
President Donald Trump will address Farm Bureau members.

2:30 p.m. Central
Town Hall, New Orleans Theater C

Sen. Jerry Moran

2:30 p.m. Central
Trade Outlook, New Orleans Theater B

Under Secretary Ted McKinney

Convention Mobile App

Take your program with you wherever you go by downloading the Annual Convention mobile app. Visit to find links to the app on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. You can also search for Farm Bureau & IDEAg Events in either store.  

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AFBF Communications Contacts

Mace Thornton, Exec. Dir. Communications
Will Rodger, Dir. Policy Communications
Shiloh Perry, Media Specialist
Cyndie Shearing, Dir. Internal Communications
Ray Atkinson, Dir. Strategic Communications
Erin Anthony, Editor
Anna Burkholder, Communications Associate

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