Smith: American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says the organization’s centennial is monumental because its mission has remained the same since 1919.
Duvall: If you think about what the mission was in 1919 and that mission hasn’t changed to this day, and that’s to bring one united voice for American farmers and ranchers to Washington, D.C., and to the policymaking on the national level. We were relevant to the cause in 1919 and we’re just as relevant, if not more, in 2019, and I think that’s really something that we as members of this organization and leadership of this organization should be really proud of.
Smith: Duvall said Farm Bureau will kick off its centennial celebration during the organization’s Annual Convention in New Orleans from January 11 through January 16.
Duvall: We’ll have a taste of the states of the country, and everybody will be able to share that on the trade show floor. And then Secretary Perdue will be there with us and he’ll be helping us celebrate the 100th, and who knows what other guests may show up and surprise us in that meeting, so I encourage everybody to come to our convention and let’s celebrate the successes that we’ve had for 100 years.
Smith: Duvall says that as Farm Bureau celebrates its centennial in 2019, there’s a bright future ahead for agriculture and rural communities.
Duvall: As more people seem to be removed from the farm, I think you’re going to see it reverse and see a lot of people leave the urban areas and go back to the countryside, especially after you see broadband get spread into the rural parts of the country where young people don’t mind going back and working. If that happens, you’ll see agriculture expand, we’ll create other jobs in rural communities, and I think you’ll see rural America revitalized.
Smith: Chad Smith, Washington.