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AFBF Booth

Stop by the AFBF Booth and talk with your AFBF staff. This is your one stop spot for all the answers. Topic experts will answer questions and help you learn more about hot topics regarding agriculture and how they affect farmers and ranchers. AFBF and state staff will be there to offer advice on farm bureau activities and ways to get involved. Also, learn more about the benefits of being a member and the discounts you receive. While you are there, share about why you are Farm Bureau Proud. Come on by, we want to hear from you.

Tennessee Ag Tours

The Tennessee Tours offer attendees the chance to explore local agriculture and the Nashville community during their time visiting The Volunteer State. The area is overflowing with history, culture and not-to-miss southern cooking. Shuttle buses pick up directly from the Gaylord to take you to your destination with tours offered Saturday, January 6, 2018 and Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Tickets can be purchased through the registration system. Tours are expected to sell out, so don’t wait to buy tickets!

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Communicate, Collaborate, Influence

Breakout sessions focusing on learning and development for members, board members, educators and more.

Cultivation Center

Take some time to listen to one of our IDEAg Cultivation Center presentations. These 15 minute town-hall style workshops cover a variety of topics and serve as the educational centerpiece of the IDEAg Trade Show. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about the newest and best ideas, hear Ted-style talks, see previews of future workshops, or hear what businesses have to offer at their trade show booth. You can find these speakers in the center of the trade show on the round theater. The Cultivation Center is sure to spark new ideas that will inspire growth into the future.

Educational Workshops

We are excited to offer a variety of educational workshops to aid attendees in their professional development & agricultural operations. This year, workshops fall under six tracks: Business & Rural Development, Consumer Engagement, Leadership Development, Member Engagement, Niche Agriculture & Marketing Opportunities and Public Policy & Advocacy.

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4-H & FFA Student Experience

4H and FFA members are invited to attend the 2018 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention. FFA and 4H students will receive FREE admission. One free chaperone and advisor/club leader per chapter/club. Please note: This is a self-guided experience with key learning opportunities along the way. Students must be supervised by a chaperone at ALL TIMES. AFBFA will not provide direct supervision for students attending.

Farm Bureau Agriculture Investment Summit

This mini-conference offers the basics of taking on investors, including getting the right money at the right time, legal issues related to taking on investors and protecting your trademark and intellectual property. The Summit is on Saturday, January 6, 2018, and is for entrepreneurs, investors and Farm Bureau staff. 

Farm Bureau Member Registration: $195
Non-Farm Bureau Member Registration: $225

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Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

The Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is a rural business plan competition for Farm Bureau members with agriculture and food businesses. Watch the Final Four teams compete before judges and a live audience. You can also vote for your favorite team. Come out and support these dynamic Farm Bureau members! The competition takes place on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 11 am – noon on the Cultivation Center Stage at the IDEAg Trade Show.

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Farm to 5K

Saturday, January 6, 2018 
7:00 a.m. 
Pre-Registration (chipped): $27.50
On-site Registration (chipped): $30.00

Start your annual convention with a bang during the second Farm Bureau Farm to 5K! Bring the whole family to interact with other Farm Bureau members and the Nashville community. More information coming soon!

Foundation Events

Join the fun with the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture while promoting ag literacy! Events this year include the Foundation Silent Auction, Flapjack's with the Foundation and the Foundation Night Out. 

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Leadership Luncheon

Sunday, January 7, 2018

  • Tickets: $45

The World is Led By Those Who Show Up           
Speaker: Chris Chinn, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture

Chris Chinn is a classic example of speaking up, stepping out and making a difference.  Currently serving as the Missouri Director of Agriculture, in her role she is dedicated to the promotion and protection of the state’s agriculture industry that includes nearly 100,000 farms and 28 million acres of farmland. The agency has five divisions and agriculture employs nearly 400,000 people.  Chinn is a fifth generation farmer who established a following on social media early on and is known as an agriculture advocate who bridges the gap between farmers and consumers. Chris and her husband, Kevin have two children and are Farm Bureau members in Shelby County, Missouri. She has served in Farm Bureau leadership at the county, state and national level. She is a past chair of the AFBF YF&R Committee, AFBF Board of Directors, and was a Class 5 PAL Alumni.  Chinn was named one of the Faces of Farming and Ranching in 2013 by USFRA.  The Chinn’s manage a farrow-to-finish hog operation and the family’s feed mill. She walks the talk and you won’t want to miss hearing her talk about how getting engaged can make a difference.

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