Welcome from the President
The American Farm Bureau Federation works all year to create an Annual Convention that will be educational, inspirational and memorable, and our 96th gathering will check all of the boxes! I look forward to welcoming Farm Bureau members from across the country to San Diego in January 2015.
The theme of AFBF’s 96th Annual Convention is Tradition, Perseverance and Vision. Our convention reflects Farm Bureau’s grassroots Tradition, as Farm Bureau leaders gather to consider policies developed by farmers and ranchers at the local and state levels, and set a national course.
This tradition has continued since our founding in 1919, and it is the source of our authenticity and strength. We will continue the American Farm Bureau’s Perseverance in being the Voice of Agriculture® that America’s farmers and ranchers need.
We hope you will like the changes we are making, as they are a reflection of our ambitious Vision for Farm Bureau’s future. Launching in 2015: IDEAg@Annual Convention, with workshops on the latest agricultural innovations, business-to-business relationships, investments, farm succession planning and consumer relations. We will offer peer-to-peer discussions and opportunities to network with industry experts and leaders. You will even have the chance to go shopping on the trade show floor. It’s all part of the new, interactive AFBF trade show. There has never been a more exciting time to be in agriculture and to take part in agriculture’s premier event—the AFBF Annual Convention.
California, our host state, is an agricultural powerhouse. What a great place to get together and celebrate America’s agricultural diversity and productivity. We are thrilled to be visiting the Golden State. I hope to see you there!