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Farm to 5K

Saturday, January 6, 2018 
7:30 a.m.
(Registration starts at 6:30 a.m.)
Pre-Registration (chipped): $27.50
Same Day 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 in a race that will take you through the beautiful Two Rivers Park, located just a short 5 minute drive from the Gaylord Opryland. The race route will take participants through Nashville’s extensive Greenway system. Tickets can be purchased here. Shuttles will be provided between the Opryland and race site. 

Farm Bureau Farm to 5K is sponsored by

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Tennessee Ag Tours

Saturday, January 6, 2018 and Tuesday, January 9, 2018

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

Saturday, January 6, 2018 
1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 

Open to all registered attendees. 

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

Round 1
1:00p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Have you ever been caught off-guard in your local grocery store’s produce section? Ever wonder how to respond when a fellow grocery shopper asks, “Can you tell me where to find the beef without antibiotics?” There is a continued need to connect with consumers to help redefine the confusion that has been circling the grocery aisle. Combine research and examples to help strengthen your skills of communicating with others, online or in your community, to help answer consumers’ questions.


Speaker: Jennifer Bergin, Promotion & Education Committee, AFBF

Ever feel that as soon as you finish a county Farm Bureau event, you’re on to the next thing and never really get a chance to reflect on what can be improved for the next time? That’s where simple tools for evaluation can help. Evaluation doesn’t need to be fancy or hard. Learn some easy ways to start adding evaluation at the county level to improve your programs and events.


Speaker: Lindsay Calvert, Director, Learning & Development, AFBF

This session will help identify the many reasons “why” Farm Bureau provides value to members as the Voice of Agriculture.  Learn how you can invite friends and neighbors into the Farm Bureau family – by sharing your story with others so they can make a difference and enjoy the benefits of belonging.


Speaker: Robin Kinney, Director, Membership & Program Development, AFBF

Round 2
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Regardless of your connection to food production, being able to comfortably answer questions about GMOs and biotechnology will help strengthen consumer trust. We’re breaking down the complexity of GMOs to help you understand ways you can share accurate knowledge of the science that is a part of agriculture. In this workshop, accurate resources and tools will be shared to help increase your confidence in connecting with consumers through science.


Speaker: Hilary Maricle, Promotion & Education Committee, AFBF

Parents frequently face tough choices around the food they buy. Hear from moms operating in food blogger circles about why and how farmers can engage in a parent’s decision process. They will talk about their previous perception of agriculture, the various misperceptions they have heard and how farmers and others in agriculture reached out and changed their minds..


Speaker: Janice Person, Online Engagement Director, Monsanto

Interested in running for a leadership position or becoming more engaged in Farm Bureau? This session will feature a panel of leaders who have been involved at the county, state and national levels. Ask them for insights on their leadership journeys and set goals for your own.


Speaker: Margee Wolff, Executive Director, Organization, AFBF

Sunrise Service

Sunday, January 7, 2018
7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. 

Putting Your Hand to the PlowHosea 10:12
Celebrant: Reverend Michael S. Hardy, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Social Circle, Georgia

Music: Tennessee Farm Bureau Choir led by Josh Ogle, District Director, Tennessee Farm Bureau

The Sunrise Service will again provide fellowship and inspiration and is hosted by the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. Attendees will enjoy the blended voices of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Choir under the direction of Josh Ogle. The message will be delivered by our celebrant, Reverend Michael Hardy, the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Social Circle, Georgia. He is known for his ability to tell a story from God’s word, that is relevant to modern day challenges and our ever changing world. 


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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4-H & FFA Student Experience

Sunday, January 7, 2018 and Monday, January 8, 2018

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.


Distinguished Service Award &
Farm Bureau Founders Award

Sunday, January 7, 2018
Opening General Session, 9:30 a.m.

Senate James Inhofe has dedicated 31 years of his life to agriculture. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986, where he served until his election to the United States Senate in 1994. Inhofe currently serves on the Armed Services; Commerce, Science & Transportation; Environment & Public Works; and Small Business & Entrepreneurship committees. Throughout his career, Senator Inhofe has supported America’s farmers and ranchers through his efforts to repeal overreaching federal regulations such as the Waters of the U.S. rule, protect agriculture and the U.S. economy from unnecessary climate regulations, secure funding for valuable agricultural research and the USDA Small Watershed Program, and establish uniform standards for bioengineered food. Inhofe has received AFBF’s Friend of Farm Bureau recognition eight times and received the Golden Plow Award in 2009.

Kenneth Dierschke, a fourth-generation cotton and grain farmer, served Farm Bureau for more than 50 years at the local, state and national levels. His influence on agriculture spans many areas, but he is most recognized for contributions to cotton issues, national farm policy and international trade. Dierschke is the second-longest serving president in Texas Farm Bureau history. He also served on the AFBF Board of Directors. He launched the Global Agricultural Education Program, which is open to all Texas Farm Bureau members and is designed to offer engagement opportunities with agricultural counterparts in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, New Zealand and South America. The program continues to promote Farm Bureau advocacy and education and is a lasting tribute to Dierschke’s legacy of leadership.


Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

Sunday, January 7, 2018
11:00 a.m. - Noon

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 the Cultivation Center Stage at the IDEAg Trade Show.

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Leadership Luncheon

Sunday, January 7, 2018
Noon - 1:00 p.m.

  • 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 levels. 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 Chinns 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 in advocacy can make a difference.

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