The recent election on November 2, new environmental regulations and shifting commodity markets are all expected to have an impact on Iowa farmers in 2011. Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) aims to help their members improve their 'bottom line' by bringing industry experts, entrepreneurial guidance and educational seminars to their 92nd annual meeting, Dec. 1-2 at the Polk County Convention Center in Des Moines.
To celebrate the annual gathering, Governor Chet Culver has declared the first week of December (Nov. 28 – Dec. 4) "Iowa Farm Bureau Week" www.iowafarmbureau.com//files/articles/2010/11/19224/proclamation.jpg.
"Treasure Our Resources" is theme of 2010 annual meeting
"Iowa farmers have always sought out the latest technology to help them grow safe, nutritious food while protecting their precious resources; we live off the land so many people depend on us to combine what we know with what we grow," says IFBF President Craig Lang. Lang, a fifth-generation dairy farmer from Brooklyn, Iowa, has seen many improvements in farming technology since he started farming nearly 40 years ago.
"But, our members honor the knowledge and sacrifices made by generations of farmers who came before them; that's why we picked the theme, 'Treasure Our Resources,' for our 92nd annual meeting," he adds. Lang will address members and special guests on Thursday, December 2, at 8:00 a.m.
The IFBF annual meeting educational seminars include a focus on rural vitality: "What Does it Take to 'Renew Rural Iowa'?" with Ron Cox, Center for Industrial Research & Service, and Rand Fisher, Iowa Area Development Group. A second educational offering for members features discussion on the 2012 Farm Bill with Bruce Babcock, Director of the Center for Ag & Rural Development, and IFBF's Research and Commodity Services Director, David Miller.
Discussion on 2012 farm bill ideas, rural entrepreneurs & more
Also new this year, a special tribute to the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of a Bettendorf, Iowa, native and antique dealer, who leveraged the popularity of his LeClaire, Iowa, store into a cable TV hit: "American Pickers." Mike Wolfe will accept the December Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa entrepreneur award in a special videotaped event. Although his History Channel TV show takes him around the nation, Wolfe still maintains his 'home office' in his LeClaire store: Antique Archeology.
Ever year, IFBF celebrates the contributions of dedicated Farm Bureau members with a recognition luncheon on Dec. 1 and a young farm leaders achievement lunch on Dec. 2. This year's annual meeting will have a first-of-its-kind 'Virtual Trade Show' from various vendors, plus evening entertainment at the unique West End Architectural Salvage at 10th & Cherry Streets in Des Moines, featuring refreshments and toe-tapping music by Tony Valdez & the Retro Rockets.
Farm Bureau will wrap up its annual meeting with a voting delegate session and elections. The following directors are up for re-election this year: District 4 board member Doug Gronau, District 6 board member Joe Heinrich, District 8 board member Cal Rozenboom and IFBF Vice President Craig Hill.
Members can register for the 2010 IFBF annual meeting at their county Farm Bureau offices. For information about the 2010 Farm Bureau annual meeting, visit www.iowafarmbureau.com/files/articles/2010/10/18115/2010agenda.pdf.