Celebrating 100 Years

The American Farm Bureau Federation celebrated their 100thAnnual Meeting in New Orleans on January 11ththrough the 16th.  The centennial celebration was one for the books, which included educational workshops, policy discussions, Tradeshow, Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet and the President of the United States speaking for the second year in a row.

Each year the AFBF Annual meeting is a time for Farm Bureau members from every state to come together.

At each convention the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) provides attendees with a variety of educational workshops that are of interest to all attendees. This year attendees were able to choose from workshops that included: Ag literacy toolbox, commodity market directions, evaluating farm policy and financial risk, recruiting farm bureau members and volunteers, the future of Ag innovation and many more.

Policy development is equally as important for Nevada Farm Bureau as it is for AFBF. Delegates from each state are selected to participate in the policy development discussions, which form the American Farm Bureau policy book. Nevada Farm Bureau President Bevan Lister and Vice President Darrell Pursel participated in the policy development process. The 2019 policy book for both the American Farm Bureau and Nevada Farm Bureau can both be found by visiting www.nvfb/org/policy

Each year Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) holds the national discussion meet at the AFBF Annual Meeting. Participants who won their states YF&R discussion meet our eligible to compete.

“The discussion meet was a great learning experience and an excellent opportunity to meet Farm Bureau members from other states,” said Blane Merkley. “It was an experience I will never forget.”

Blane Merkley was the winner of the Nevada Farm Bureau discussion meet and also competed in New Orleans. Unfortunately, Blane was unable to advance in the competition, but showed great knowledge and talent as he competed. It was a tough competition and we are proud of all Blane was able to accomplish.

Another great highlight from this year’s convention was President Donald Trump speaking at the closing session for the second year in a row. At the 99thAnnual American Farm Bureau meeting President Trump made a promise to return for the 100thyear celebration.

The United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue opened for the President. Trump’s speech included agriculture highlights over the last year including virtually eliminating the Death Tax, the Farm Bill, an update on trade and boarder security.  

The Farm Bill delivers for our farmers on a wide range of key priorities.  On critical farm programs, such as crop insurance, you will have the support you need to plan for the future.  It increases the amount farmers can borrow so you can expand and improve your businesses. It also secures the $600 million commitment we made to build a modern, effective, rural broadband across America’s heartland.  You’re not well serviced.  (Applause.)  That’s something the great, great middle part of our country has been complaining about for a long time.  You’re not properly serviced.  You will be now.  You will be now.  That bill is a great bill for the farmer. President Donald Trump

 I was an honor to have the President speak for the second year in a row and was a great way to end the 100thAmerican Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.

We look forward to Nevada Farm Bureau’s 100-year celebration and we hope you all join us for this special event later this year.

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