The Indiana Farm Bureau State Convention heads to southern Indiana this year, December 7-9. The convention returns to French Lick Resort and West Baden Springs Hotel. INFB President Randy Kron says they’re happy to be going back.
“We’ve been there a couple times now and our members just love the place,” he told HAT “Around Christmas time and the way they decorate it, they enjoy it. A lot of people, even the ones from up north say they enjoy making the trip and seeing West Baden and French Lick. It’s a great location.”
Members should enjoy a true fireside chat with the president on Friday the 8th. Kron will respond to INFB member questions on a variety of ag issues.
“It’s something we’re doing a little bit differently instead of the president’s address. I’ve said that it kind of reflects agriculture has changed and Farm Bureau has to change along with it and the different generations. So, we’re going to try a different format and have a question and answer session on what’s important and what’s happened throughout the year. Actually, as they’re registering members are able to send in some questions. I know we’re going to take a few of those questions and try to answer what’s on their mind.”
The convention offers various breakout sessions, providing a member update on subjects like taxes: fair taxes, property taxes and tax reform.
“That’s a big topic in our nation’s capital right now,” Kron said. “Hopefully we’ll know a little more then what the proposals are so we can have some discussions about it and how it’s going to impact agriculture. You know in any kind of plan like that there’s going to be winners and losers. We’ll also talk about some nutrient management and big issues around water quality and things that we can do. As always there will be an outlook for agriculture and what’s happening in the agriculture economy. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that that one is a little more positive and we’re turning the corner now.”
Also during the state convention watch the Young Farmer Discussion Meet competition Friday and Saturday, walk through the Expo, enjoy a ride on the Polar Express, and there is a contested election for INFB second vice president. Registration deadline is Sunday, November 26, 2017.
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