Members of the state's largest grassroots farm organization will gather to hear nationally-acclaimed animal welfare expert, Temple Grandin, keynote the 94th annual meeting of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Dec. 4 and 5 at the newly-remodeled Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has declared Dec. 2-8 as 'Iowa Farm Bureau Week' to honor the many accomplishments and contributions of the 94-year-old grassroots farm organization.
"This year our annual meeting theme, 'People, Progress and Pride,' celebrates the accomplishments, challenges and potential of our many diverse family farmers," says Craig Hill, president of Iowa Farm Bureau. He adds, "Today's responsible farmers are strong members of their communities and are focused on the future; they're always looking for better ways to provide safe food choices for today's consumers, so they embrace innovation and the expertise of others. That's why we're bringing together a diverse, high caliber group of speakers like Dr. Temple Grandin, noted animal welfare expert and livestock-handling equipment designer, who also consults for firms such as Burger King, McDonald's, Swift and others."
Farm Bureau to feature Temple Grandin as keynote for 94th annual meeting
Temple Grandin's challenges as an autistic young woman and the unique perspective it gave her with animals was profiled in the 2010 HBO Emmy Award-winning movie, "Temple Grandin," starring Claire Danes. Since the movie's success, Grandin's perspectives and livestock facility designs have won international acclaim.
Another nationally-recognized keynote speaker will provide unique insight for attendees, Dr. Lowell Catlett. The 'futurist' economist and engaging speaker will take the stage at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 5 to discuss 'Food for the Smart Planet.' Catlett helps national and international organizations do futuristic planning on the impacts of technology on careers, lifestyles and the economy. The author of numerous books, Catlett also works with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Interior, Defense, Education, Energy and the World Bank.
In addition to innovative speakers, the 94th IFBF annual meeting will feature several 'hands-on' educational seminars to help Farm Bureau members navigate challenging markets, rules and regulations as well as the most current best management practices for water quality. This year the access to expert advice from noted leaders has been expanded to include three separate sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
In addition to keynote speakers, "hands on" seminars for farmers are offered
Also, Iowa's best and brightest young farmers will take the stage for the IFBF Young Farmers Discussion Meet Dec. 4, competing for the state title and a John Deere X320 riding lawn mower and the chance to advance to the national competition, January 13-16, in Nashville, Tenn.
IFBF president Craig Hill will address members and special guests on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 8:30 a.m. The organization will celebrate the contributions of dedicated Farm Bureau members with a recognition banquet Tuesday, Dec. 4, at noon and a young farm leaders' achievement luncheon on Dec. 5. Farm Bureau's voting delegate session and elections will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5. The following directors are up for re-election this year: IFBF District 1 board member Carlton Kjos, District 3 board member Phil Sundblad, and District 5 board member Morey Hill and vice president Joe Heinrich.
Members can register for the 2012 IFBF annual meeting at their county Farm Bureau offices. For a complete listing of events and activities, visit the IFBF website.