Louisiana Ag Tours
Explore local agriculture during your visit to New Orleans! The area is overflowing with history, culture and not-to-miss southern cooking. Shuttle buses pick up directly from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to take you to your destination with tours offered Saturday, January 12, 2019 and Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Tickets can be purchased through the registration system starting on October 1, 2018. Tours are expected to sell out, so don’t wait to buy tickets!
Join the fun with the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, all while promoting ag literacy! Events this year include the Foundation Silent Auction, the Flapjack Fundraiser and the Foundation Night Out featuring Sixwire, Craig Campbell, Aaron Tippin and Eddie Montgomery!
Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge
The Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs launching food and agriculture businesses. Rural entrepreneurs will pitch innovative business ideas to a team of judges with expertise in ag technologies, business development and agribusiness, competing for $145,000 in startup funds. The Final Four teams will compete at the 2019 AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show on the Cultivation Center Stage. Click here to learn more about the Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge.
4-H & FFA Student Experience
Sunday, January 13, 2019 and Monday, January 14, 2019
4H and FFA members are invited to attend the 2019 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention. FFA and 4-H 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. Programming is the same on both Sunday & Monday for the 4-H & FFA Student Experience.
2019 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year Contest
In celebration of farm dogs who work alongside their people to bring nutritious food to our tables and our pets’ bowls, the 2019 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest, brought to you by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, premiers this January. The grand prize winner will win a year’s worth of Purina dry dog food, a travel stipend and paid hotel for the farmer and his or her spouse/family to attend the Farm Dog of the Year award ceremony at the AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in New Orleans, Jan. 11-16, 2019. Click here for more information.
Interested in being a workshop speaker? Click here for more information.
The Cultivation Center stage is the educational show piece of the IDEAg Trade Show. Interested in giving a TED-style talk on the Cultivation Center stage? Click here for more information.
Communicate, Collaborate, Influence
Breakout sessions focusing on learning and development for members, board members, educators and more.
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Tickets - $45
The American Farm Bureau Federation
A 100-Year Success Story
Stewart R. Truelsen
Celebrate the American Farm Bureau Federation and learn the keys to its success for the past 100 years. You will discover how the original purpose still drives the organization to unite farm and ranch families to solve problems that directly advance American agriculture and society.
Stewart Truelsen is a freelance writer, producer and author of "Forward Farm Bureau". He worked for the American Farm Bureau Federation for three decades leading the organization’s radio and television services. Prior to joining AFBF, he was in broadcast news. He earned a degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and currently resides in Illinois.
Farm Bureau Founders Award
The American Farm Bureau Federation's award for exemplary leadership, service, or contributions to Farm Bureau is given in recognition of outstanding achievements and work in the interest of Farm Bureau. The award is presented during general session at convention.
Distinguished Service Award
The American Farm Bureau Federation's award for distinguished and meritorious service is given in recognition of outstanding service in the national interest of American agriculture. The award is presented during general session at convention.