The 99th Annual American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention was held January 5th through the 10th. This year’s convention was held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Annual Convention is a time for all state Farm Bureaus to come together and discuss agriculture issues throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Educational Workshops are held on variety of topics to interest all attendees from: business and rural development, consumer engagement, leadership development, membership engagement, niche agriculture and marketing opportunities and public policy and advocacy. In addition to educational workshops they also had an IDEAg Trade show, which featured the latest products from top agribusiness including: Ford, Grainger, Farm Bureau Bank, CAT, John Deere and many more.
This year Katie Combs of Clark County competed in the AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) discussion meet. Each year the YF&R discussion topics are selected by the AFBF YF&R committee used throughout the competition that leads up to the AFBF Annual Meeting. Each competitor is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined question. Participants build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems.
Combs did an exceptional job representing Nevada Farm Bureau. Congratulations Katie on job well done.
Reba McEntire was the keynote speaker at this year’s annual convention. AFBF President Zippy Duvall and his wife Bonnie Duvall did an on-stage interview style Q&A with McEntire. Through the conversation those attending learned of her life and agriculture connections.
A highlight from this year’s annual convention was President Donald Trump speaking at the general closing session. Trump is the first President to attend an AFBF annual convention since 1992 when than President George H. W. Bush attended.
“Our nation was made by farmers,” said President Trump. “Farmers have always lead the way.”
Trump expressed his gratitude for farmers throughout his speech and concluded his speech by signing two Executive Orders relating to Broadband expansion in rural America. This was part of a recommendation package that came from the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity, chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.