The Indiana Farm Bureau State Convention got underway Sunday at the Convention Center in Indianapolis. Thousands of Farm Bureau members will attend workshops, mingle with state lawmakers on organization day, and elect new leaders for the organization. Hoosier Ag Today will provide on location coverage. The election of a new IFB President will take place on Tuesday, with the announcement expected early Tuesday afternoon.
Here are a few highlights of the convention:
- The election for INFB president will be held during the delegate session, slated for Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. During the delegate session, delegates may also choose to discuss issues that have arisen or changed since the main delegate session in August.
- Don Villwock delivers his final annual address as state president during the general session on Monday, Nov. 16, which runs from 6-8:15 p.m.
- Breakout sessions are offered on Monday and cover topics including organic grain production, consumer buying habits, policy priorities and more. Sessions on issues related to Farm Bureau’s policy advisory committees run Monday morning.
- The final round of the Young Farmer Discussion Meet is on Monday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- Recognition for winners of the Young Farmer program awards, Rural Teacher of the Year, Farm Family of the Year and Hovde Award is on Monday at 1:30 p.m. Finalists for the Young Farmer Achievement Award are: Matt and Brianna Chapman, Henry County; Craig and Mindy Fruechte, Adams County; and Jacob and Jennifer Walker, DeKalb County. Finalists for the Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award are: Jeremy and Lindsay Barron, Noble County; Jeff Demerly, White County; and Mike and Sarah Hertsel, Elkhart County.