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Jan 2018
Jan 2018


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AFBF Annual Meeting & IDEAg Trade Show - American Farm Bureau Federation 2018






Event Overview:

Add your voice to the united chorus of the premiere general agriculture organization, and attend the 99th consecutive American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show! Participate in educational workshops to expand your leadership skills, business acumen, impactful policy discussions and more. Celebrate the accomplishments of leaders in agriculture and witness powerful keynote speakers in the general sessions. Explore the IDEAg Trade Show floor to gain a stronger industry network, shop featured products, learn about innovative technologies, and enjoy TED-style talks on the Cultivation Center stage. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to gather with the agriculture community, and make your impact on the future of the industry.

Attendee Information:

Why Attend?

  • Attend educational workshops that teach about the outlook for agriculture, business acumen, leadership and more
  • Visit with old and new friends from across the nation
  • Learn more about Farm Bureau member benefits
  • Have fun at Foundation events while raising funds for ag literacy
  • Network with exhibitors and make purchases on the IDEAg Trade Show floor
  • Explore local agriculture by going on an ag tour
  • Hear from exemplary keynote speakers
  • Cheer on contestants during the many competitions
  • Enjoy tasting foods from across the nation
  • Be inspired by Ted-style presentations in the Cultivation Center
  • Be a part of America’s largest general agriculture organization

Exhibitor Information:

  • Start your year with the American Farm Bureau Federation® (AFBF) where the U.S. agriculture policy agenda is set for the year.
  • Since 1919, U.S. agriculture leaders from across the country have come together to discuss issues and solutions affecting U.S. farmers, ranchers and rural Americans and to establish the policy agenda for the largest general agriculture organization in the United States.
  • The AFBF Annual Convention hosts the annual meeting where representatives from all 50 states and Puerto Rico come together to engage in leadership development and educational opportunities, compete in events, network with agriculture industry leaders and discuss U.S. agriculture issues to set the AFBF policy agenda for 2018.
  • This January, join us in Nashville to engage with farmers and ranchers from across the country, be the first to learn about AFBF’s policy agenda for 2018,  and to support AFBF’s 2018 efforts to advocate as the voice of U.S. agriculture, develop leaders, support rural communities and rebuild trust between American consumers and the people who proudly grow their food, fiber and energy.

IDEAg® Trade Show at AFBF Annual Convention

The AFBF IDEAg Trade Show is the hub of connection opportunities at the AFBF Annual Convention. Use this opportunity to showcase your newest technology, network and build industry connections, host farmers for engaging conversations, and communicate what farmers and ranchers can expect to discover through your brand and outreach in 2018. The show is January 6-8, 2018. 

About the AFBF:

The American Farm Bureau Federation is the nation’s largest general farm organization. More than 6.1 million American families are members of Farm Bureau in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Each January, thousands of those members get together to conduct the business of the national organization, benefit from informative sessions on agricultural and rural issues and share camaraderie with their fellow farmers and ranchers. At the annual meeting of Farm Bureau voting delegates, our leaders set the national organization’s policies for the next year. These policies—surfaced and debated from the grassroots level on up—guide our national policy implementation efforts throughout the following year.


Keynote Speakers

Reba McEntire

Iconic entertainer Reba McEntire is no stranger to agriculture - she grew up in rural Oklahoma on her family’s 8,000 acre ranch. Now, this multi-media mogul and mom is a household name with a successful career that spans across music, television, film, theater and retail.

Reba will join AFBF President Zippy Duvall during the Closing General Session on Monday, January 8, 2018, for a Q&A Keynote touching on her rural roots, family, career, and, of course, country music.

Reba McEntire’s latest album, a two-disc inspirational collection called "Sing it Now: Songs of Faith and Hope" (Nash Icon Records / Capitol Christian Music Group), topped both the Billboard Country & Christian/Gospel charts and marked her 13th summit to reaching a No. 1 selling album. Her iconic career has achieved a rare pinnacle with 35 No. 1 singles and over 56 million albums sold worldwide.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member has won 15 American Music Awards, 14 ACM Awards, 9 People’s Choice Awards, 7 CMA Awards and 2 Grammy Awards in addition to other prestigious accolades for her philanthropic endeavors and leadership.  

The Oklahoma native is an acclaimed actress with 11 movie credits and her own six-season television sitcom, Reba. In 2001, she received critical acclaim for her Broadway debut starring in Irving Berlin’s "Annie Get Your Gun."

In 2005, Reba partnered with Dillard’s to launch her own clothing line, and the lifestyle brand has since expanded into shoes, bedding and luggage.  

As part of the longest-running Country act in The Colosseum’s history with superstar pals Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together In Vega is in its third year at Caesars. 

Following last year’s limited release, Reba will widely deliver "MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS" on October 13 with new cover art, three additional songs featuring friends Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Darius Rucker and Lauren Daigle.

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