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Farm Bureau Celebrates Centennial at Annual Convention

Podcast / Newsline January 8, 2019

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The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show kicks off on Friday. Micheal Clements has more.

Clements: Farm Bureau will celebrate a century of achievement at the 2019 AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show this week in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Megan Bidelman, AFBF convention and events coordinator, says the convention includes a centennial celebration along with an appearance by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

Bidelman: We are going to be having a centennial celebration after the closing general session. Our keynote speaker this year is going to be the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. He’ll be speaking Monday at our closing general session. So, we’re excited to have him as well.

Clements: Farmers and ranchers will learn about the latest products and practices at the IDEAg Trade show. Bidelman says the convention also boasts a diverse workshop program.

Bidelman: There’s going to be a drone track presented by AUVSI. They’re going to go through everything from what kind of equipment you should purchase to what to do with all the data that you collect. We’re also going to have some commodity outlooks with AFBF’s Market Intel team. And we will also have leadership development, a session on industrial hemp. It’s going to be a really great workshop program.

Clements:  New to the event this year is the Farm Dog of the Year award.

Bidelman: The winning family is going to be announced at our opening general session on Sunday. They are winning a free trip to convention along with a years’ worth of Purina dog food. So, that will be great to be able to celebrate one of our important farm family members.

Clements: Learn more about the event at annualconvention.fb.org

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