For those who can’t make it to Atlanta, there is an alternative way to attend the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention. Chad Smith has more on the online opportunities to take part.
Smith: The American Farm Bureau’s annual meeting is January 7-12 in Atlanta. However, if your schedule doesn’t allow you to get to Georgia in time, Niki Jones, IDEAg Director of Events Marketing says there are multiple online opportunities to attend the event.
Jones: Virtual convention attendees will get to experience most of the convention activities right along with the in-person attendees. There are ten of the educational sessions that are being live streamed on the virtual platform. Virtual attendees can catch topics such as Public Policy Town Hall, Influencing and Advocating, trade in American agriculture, or top issues facing agriculture from the ag media. Attendees can ask questions to the speakers via the chat function in the platform and have their questions answered live.
Smith: The opportunities don’t stop there.
Jones: They can also experience the lights, sounds, and messages from the general session stage, cheer on their states in the competitions, and catch each of the three keynote addresses live also. Attendees can also check out the short Ted-style talks happening on the Cultivation Center Stage on the trade show floor. They can get information on topics such as H2A, livestock supply chain, and the drought. To catch the full schedule of events, visit the annualconvention.fb.org website and find the live virtual convention under the Special Events and Experiences page of the website.
Smith: Virtual events will still be available for a limited time after the convention ends.
Jones: Most of the content is available for 90 days following the events, so, if an attendee is unable to catch a specific session live, they can go back and view it or take notes or rewatch topics of interest. Virtual-only registration is $25, and the registration link can be found on the website at annualconvention.fb.org.
Smith: Chad Smith, Washington.