Annual Convention Media Guide

AFBF’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.

The AFBF annual convention newsroom, media service and broadcast facilities will be located in Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Friday, Jan. 5 through Wednesday, Jan. 10. Most of the newsworthy action will take place beginning Sunday and conclude after Tuesday’s delegate business session.


Media Room Locations

Newsroom Headquarters, Lincoln E
Media Registration, Delta Lobby (after securing media credentials in the Delta Lobby, visit the Newsroom Headquarters, Lincoln E, to sign in and secure additional information)
Media Workroom, Lincoln D
News Conferences, Governor’s D&E
TV Editing & Photos, Jackson

Official newsroom hours are: Sunday through Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. until one-half hour after closing events. The phone number for the Newsroom Headquarters is 615-458-0804. 


Photos

AFBF will provide photographs after the close of each general session at photos.fb.org. If you have any questions or would like additional details, please contact Mary A. Burns, AFBF Creative Services Director, at maryb@fb.org.


Video and Audio Coverage

Video coverage of many key events during the convention will be made available for both streaming and download. High-quality downloadable video and audio will be found on Dropbox at http://bit.ly/2DKTpl9. 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 John Earl, Director of Technical Resources at johne@fb.org.

Please note: President Donald Trump's speech to attendees may be watched as an archived video file at https://www.fb.org/events/afbf-annual-convention/live-stream/trump. Downloadable video will be available afterwards at http://bit.ly/2DKTpl9.

Streaming Video Schedule

Saturday, Jan. 6

4:30 p.m. Central
Farm to Table: Navigating Food Forum

Sunday, Jan. 7

9:00 a.m. Central
Opening General Session

  • President Duvall’s Annual Address
  • Remarks from Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
  • Presentation of Distinguished Service Award and Founders Award
  • Presentation of state membership awards

11:00 a.m. Central
News Conference: AFBF President Zippy Duvall Opener

11:00 a.m. Central
Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Live Competition

11:15 a.m. Central
News Conference: Lawrence MacAulay, Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

12:45 p.m. Central
Telling a Compelling Story Through Social Media

5:00 p.m. Central
YF&R Discussion Meet Final Four and Excellence in Ag Top 10 Announcements 

Monday, Jan. 8

7:30 a.m. Central
YF&R Discussion Meet Final Four

8:30 a.m. Central
Overcoming the Rural Opioid Crisis Through Unity

12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Central
Closing General Session

  • Address from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue
  • Presentation of YF&R awards
  • Presentation of Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge winners

3:00 p.m.
President Donald J. Trump Addresses the Farm Bureau

Tuesday, Jan. 9

Time TBD (approximately 1 hour after the close of the business session)
News Conference: AFBF President Zippy Duvall Closer


News Conferences
Governor's Chamber D&E

Sunday, Jan. 7

11:00 a.m. Central
AFBF President Zippy Duvall

11:15 a.m. Central
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Monday, Jan. 8

12:30 p.m.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

Tuesday, Jan. 9

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


Other Dignitaries

Sunday, Jan. 7

2:30 p.m. Central
Trade Outlook Workshop

Ted McKinney, Under Secretary, Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, USDA

Monday, Jan. 8

8:30 a.m. Central
Overcoming the Rural Opioid Crisis Through Unity

Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, USDA


Convention Mobile App

Take your program with you wherever you go by downloading the Annual Convention mobile app. Go to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and search for Farm Bureau & IDEAg Events


Check Out Our Social Media Sites


Key AFBF Comms Contacts

Other Dignitaries

Sunday, Jan. 7

2:30 p.m. Central
Trade Outlook Workshop 
Ted McKinney, Under Secretary, Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, USDA

Monday, Jan. 8

8:30 a.m. Central
Overcoming the Rural Opioid Crisis Through Unity
Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, USDA

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