The agenda is full for this year's Iowa Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting, to be held Dec. 8-9 in Des Moines at the Polk County Convention Complex. Members will have the opportunity to hear from former Greenpeace founder, Dr. Patrick Moore who will discuss Greenpeace and activism today, attend several educational workshops, honor award recipients and celebrate the people, progress and pride that makes up the Iowa Farm Bureau.
The annual meeting will carry the theme of "Driven to Lead, Destined to Succeed" and will coincide with Iowa Farm Bureau Week declared by Governor Tom Vilsack for the week of Dec. 3-9.
"Farm Bureau members across the state have proven time and time again that they are 'driven to lead' and it's obvious when you look at the progress we've made in production agriculture and renewable energy," says IFBF President Craig Lang. "We truly are destined to succeed because of the leadership each and every Farm Bureau member brings to this state." Lang will deliver his annual meeting address on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m.
This is 88th annual meeting for IFBF
Moore will deliver the keynote address entitled, "Environmentalism in Agriculture for the 21st Century" to 1,200-plus members on Saturday morning. He will use science and 30 years of work to address environmental issues such as water quality, global warming, consumer health, biotechnology and more.
The annual meeting will offer four educational workshops for members on Friday, Dec. 8 from 1 – 3 p.m. They include:
Dave Sengpiel, Iowa Farm Bureau senior investment manager and Curt Nelson, chief executive officer of EDC, will lead the Renew Rural Iowa workshop, emphasizing entrepreneurship.
Bob Guyer, president of Engineering the Law, Inc., will present a workshop, titled "Active Influence of Regulatory Agencies: Make Change Happen," that will discuss how farmers can impact the regulatory process.
"Preparing for an Animal Disease Outbreak" will be presented by Patrick Webb, director of swine health programs at the National Pork Board. Joining him are Mark Shearer, coordinator for the Iowa Veterinary Rapid Response Team, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; and Jimmy Tickel, DVM, North Carolina Department of Agriculture's emergency program division. They'll outline steps livestock farmers can take to guard against an animal disease infecting their livestock.
"The Art of Leadership: Inspiring Others to Follow" will help members sharpen their skills as volunteer leaders. Speaking will be Margaret Morford, president of HRedge.
New opportunities to make money in ag
Also on Saturday, a recognition luncheon will be held to honor select Farm Bureau members. Following the luncheon, Dr. Robert Brown, from the Office of Biorenewable Fuels Program at Iowa State University; David Schmidt, Iowa City farmer & Qualisoy board member; and Kevin Kimle of Decision Commodities will present an informational meeting on "New Opportunities for Making Money in Agriculture" from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
During the business session, delegates will hold elections. Up for election this year includes: Craig Hill of Warren County, IFBF vice president; Phil Hemesath of Winneshiek County, District 1 director; Phil Sundblad of Buena Vista County, District 3 director; and Richard Merrill of Webster County, District 5 director. In addition, delegates will also elect 11 farmers to represent Iowa as delegates to the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah Jan. 7 – 10.
Farm Bureau members will cap off the weekend with special holiday entertainment. "Jingle Bell Bash" will be held at the Des Moines Scottish Rite Masonic Center at 5:30 p.m.
For a complete listing of activities and workshops at the 88th Annual Meeting, visit www.iowafarmbureau.com and click on 'Driven to Lead…Destined to Succeed.'