During the event, AFBF’s voting delegates also will debate and adopt grassroots policies and select leaders to guide the organization throughout the year. There are 362 farmer delegates representing the Farm Bureaus of 50 states and Puerto Rico who will adopt farmer-written resolutions to set AFBF’s official policy positions for 2014 during this year’s annual convention business session.
The Utah delegation will be hearing issues ranging from crop and livestock outlooks to farm policy, federal regulation, trade and technology, and more.
Gen. Stan McChrystal, a retired four-star general and former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, will deliver the keynote address.
“We are excited to hear from Gen. Stan McChrystal as our keynote speaker. His dedication to our country, marked by one-of-a-kind leadership skills and a noteworthy record of achievement, is truly motivating,” said Utah Farm Bureau President Leland Hogan. “It will also be great to unite with other farmers and ranchers from around the country to talk about issues confronting the production of food in America. Rather than waiting for someone else to fix challenges facing our industry, these farmers and ranchers will seek out the best solutions and get to work at implementing them.”
Alan Robertson, the “beardless brother” on A&E’s hit reality TV show “Duck Dynasty,” will be another keynote speaker at the convention. Alan is the oldest son of Phil Robertson, founder of the Duck Commander Company, the family’s Louisiana-based duck call business.
Robertson will speak at the general session of the convention on Monday morning. Farm Bureau President Stallman is the keynote speaker at the Sunday opening session; while Gen. Stan McChrystal will speak at the closing session on Monday afternoon.
The event will also include discussions on the global economy and its relationship to U.S. agriculture; global trade; the urgent need for livestock producers to become activists for their industry; and ways Farm Bureau members can become better leaders in their industry.
Three Utah farm families will be competing with their counterparts across the country for awards given to the top, young farmers and ranchers in the country.
In addition to sessions on leadership development and successful management techniques, Farm Bureau members attending the convention can learn how to successfully use social media to both network with other farmers and reach out to consumers and overcome obstacles that are present from living in rural America.
For more information please contact Matt Hargreaves, Vice President of Communications for the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those wishing to follow the proceedings via social media can do so by following the Twitter hashtag #AFBF14.
About the Utah Farm Bureau
The Utah Farm Bureau is the largest general farm and ranch organization in the state with more than 28,800 member families. Its mission is to improve economic opportunities for the state’s farmers and ranchers, ensure America’s food security, protect the natural resources of our state, and improve the overall quality of life in the state and nation through political action, educational and informational means. The Farm Bureau is a non-partisan, voluntary organization, and its efforts are based on grassroots policies developed by members at the local, county, state and national levels. It is affiliated with the American Farm Bureau Federation, the world’s largest general farm organization, with more than 6.1 million family members in 50 states and Puerto Rico. For more information, go to the Utah Farm Bureau Web site at http://utfb.fb.org