The 98th Annual Nevada Farm Bureau meeting was held at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden, Nev., November 16th through the 18th. The annual meeting is an opportunity for Farm Bureau members from across the state to come together and discuss changes in Nevada agriculture, work on policy development and a chance to interact with sponsors/ exhibitors.
This year’s event had 13 sponsors and six exhibitors. Without the help of our wonderful sponsors we would not be able do what we do.
At this years meeting we had a total of four guest speakers including: Paul Schlegel, Thad Ballard, Dr. Bill Payne and Doug Busselman.
Schlegel works for the American Farm Bureau Federation as the Director of Environment and Energy Policy. Schlegel focused his speech on the work being done to rollback the burdensome regulatory system that is greatly affecting our country.
Ballard is the Director of Wells Rural Electric Company. The focus of Ballard’s speech was the Energy Choice Initiative. The Energy Choice Initiative is coming forward for the second vote in 2018. This initiative has created numerous questions on how people will be able to purchase, deliver and use electricity in the future. Ballard helped alleviate some confusion and give people a better understanding of what the Energy Choice Initiative is.
Dr. Bill Payne is the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNAR) at the University of Nevada, Reno. Payne focused his speech on what CABNAR is currently doing and what they have planned for the upcoming year.
Busselman works for the Nevada Farm Bureau as the Executive Vice President. Busselman focused his speech on involvement as well as a quick recap of last year’s Legislative session. Busselman provided ways for members to reach out to elected officials. This gives members the opportunity to have their voices heard in congress.
The Annual Nevada Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) Discussion Meet took place on Friday November 17th during the annual meeting with a total of 10 participants. Discussions were held throughout the day with a final four-discussion meet in the afternoon. It was a fierce competition, which led to a tiebreaker calculation. Katie Combs was named the YF&R Discussion Meet winner who now will compete in Nashville, Tennessee at this years annual AFBF Meeting.
Women’s Leadership Committee had their annual meeting on November 17th. Cindy Hearty Women’s Leadership Committee Chair spoke on money raised for the Ronald McDonald House both in Reno and Vegas, as well as money raised by the yearly quilt raffle. The silent auction was also a huge success for the Women’s Leadership Committee raising a total of $670.
Country Financial sponsored their annual luncheon on Friday November 17th. Jill Douglas and her team at Country Financial passed out door prizes as attendees ate lunch. Another highlight of the luncheon was when Douglas provided Jill Combs with a donation to the Nevada Heritage Foundation. The Nevada Heritage Foundations provides scholarships for continuing education.
The awards dinner was also held on Friday November 17th. Nevada Farm Bureau President Hank Combs handed out awards for counties that meet membership quotas, County Presidents who had 100% attendance to quarterly board meetings and an award was given to each County Presidents for their hard work.
As things wrapped on Saturday November 18th Farm Bureau Bank sponsored breakfast. This was an excellent opportunity for members to meet the Nevada Farm Bureau Bank representative Priscilla Cura. A scholarship was given to Connor Billman during the Farm Bureau Bank breakfast. Billman is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is continuing his education in hopes of becoming an Agriculture Teacher.
Overall, the Nevada Farm Bureau 98th annual meeting was huge success. We would like to thank each and every one of our members who attended, as well as all of our sponsors.