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Time to Engage at Indiana Farm Bureau Convention Nears


Pre-registration for the 94th annual Indiana Farm Bureau state convention ends soon. The convention at the JW Marriott is December 7th and 8th and the planners have prepared events that will help members “Engage” in opportunities that can help with family farm decision making.

Kim Vail, Director of Organizational Development for IFB, says valuable breakout sessions all day Friday and Saturday morning include starting a retail agriculture venture.

“And that breakout is titled ‘Is Entrepreneurship for You?’ (Friday, Dec. 7, from 10-11 a.m.) and it really tries to focus in on what we see as a trend that’s been going on recently in Indiana agriculture of looking for other ways to add value to the products that we produce on the farm and what it takes to build that business and harness that passion that entrepreneur might have.”

Another session deals with establishing a successful cover crops program, 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, and this convention is a good place to be coming off the drought of 2012.

“There are going to be a number of opportunities not only in the breakout sessions but also when we really have nothing planned or scheduled that are opportunities for farmers to network and have those specific conversations about how they dealt with what we’ve endured this past summer,” Vail told HAT. “We also have a breakout session on Saturday that talks about the competing demands on our water resources and how that’s going to impact us in the future.”

Pre-register online through this Friday November 30th. “And that doesn’t mean that if you don’t pre-register that you cannot attend. We will be able to register you on sight as well. And we do look forward to seeing as many people there as can make it.”

The most current schedule can be found on the convention website, and here is the link for registering.[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/11/Kim-Vail-on-2012-FB-convention.mp3|titles=Kim Vail on 2012 FB convention]