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2013 State Convention Roundtable Discussion Topics

How does this work? You’ll spend 25 minutes talking to other Farm Bureau members, then move to another table. Three 25-minute rounds will take place. Use the rest of the convention to reconnect with members you spoke with during these sessions.

Table Topic Facilitator
1 Response to Ag Opposition Groups
Discuss your local experiences, what works and what doesn’t.
Greg Slipher, IFB
2 Apps for Productivity
Bring your mobile devices and exchange ideas on what works for you.
Chris Fenner, IFB
3 How High Will Land Prices Go?
Or will they crash?
Jason Henderson, Purdue University Director of Cooperative Extension
4 Identity Protection in Our Electronic World
Been there and done that - it happened to me.
Jerry Canada, CEO, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
5 Talk About Your Broadband Reception
Steve Vail, Chairman, Ninestar Connect
6 Thinking About a High Tunnel?
Ways to extend your production season
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
7 What is Sustainable Agriculture?
Drew Cleveland, IFB
8 Is Agri-Tourism in Your Future?
Jill Pritchard, Program Manager, Diversified Agriculture and Entrepreneur Development, Indiana State Department of Agriculture
9 Who Really Owns Your Farm and Field Data? Mark Thornburg, IFB
10 What About the Use of Cover Crops?
Discussion about the use and different types of cover crops for veterans and the curious.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
11 Where Do You Find Good Political Candidates? Kermit Paris, IFB
12 Creating & Sustaining Strong Sponsor Relationships Tracie Trent, IFB
13 What Does It Mean to Teach Teachers About Ag?
How and what to teach regarding agriculture.
Julie Taylor, IFB
14 How Do You Educate the Consumer?
Learn about different methods used by county Farm Bureaus.
Isabella Chism, IFB
15 How Do You Communicate with Your Elected Officials?
Discuss and learn methods for successfully getting your message across.
Amy Cornell, IFB
16 Basics for Your Website
Discuss your farm’s or county’s website and learn the “must have” structure fundamentals.
Diane Brewer, IFB
17 Facebook and Twitter Basics
Andy Dietrick, IFB
18 Rural Guardian Farm Check Up
Why a yearly check on your farm insurance coverage is important.
John Carroll, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
19 What’s New in Crop Insurance
Discussion of changes in crop & revenue insurance coverage.
Dean Payne, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
20 Is Your Farm’s Liability Coverage Enough?
Bob Knuckles, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
21 How Is Indiana Farm Bureau Doing?
What does IFB need to be doing that we are not currently doing?
Randy Kron, IFB
22 Hot Topics for the Legislature
What are the current hot topics in your county?
Bob Cherry, IFB
23 How Do You Find Good Farm Labor?
Difficult to find and even harder to keep
Doug Leman, Indiana Dairy Producers
24 What’s Up in Washington
Issues in agriculture and the changing political landscape.
Kyle Cline, IFB
25 Are Fruit and Vegetable Sales in Your Future? Roy Ballard, Hancock County Purdue Cooperative Extension
26 Why Policy Development Is Important
Making the grassroots a success.
Megan Ritter, IFB
27 Annexation
What can happen when agricultural land is annexed.
Katrina Hall, IFB
28 Scholarship ProgramsHow do you evaluate your county scholarship program? Sara MacLaughlin, IFB
29 County Finance Reports
You get them once a month. What do you do next and what is important?
Tiffanie Ellis, IFB
30 Agricultural Advocacy in the Courtroom
How Farm Bureau engages on legal issues
Justin Schneider, IFB, and John Shoup, IALF
31 Member Retention and Benefits Kim Vail, IFB
32 Sharing How Your County Works with the Media
Kathleen Dutro, IFB
33 Discovering Economic Human Value
Why life insurance is important.
John Horazy, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
34 Local Economic Development Boards
Who represents agriculture?
Bob White, IFB
35 Building a Strong County YF&R Program Orville Haney, IFB Young Farmer Committee chair
36 Annuities vs CDs Ken Gaffer, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
37 Effective County Committees
Well-functioning committees make your work easier.
Julie Volbers-Klarich, IFB and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
38 Financing Dos and Donts
What to do before you see a lender and what ratios are important.
Brandon Barger, Financial Services Officer, Farm Credit Services, Bluffton, Ind.
39 Communities Using Cooperatives Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center
40 Soil Health and Why It Is Important to You Hans Kok, Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative Coordinator, Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
41 Agricultural Culture Exchange program
Indiana’s ACE experience in Florida
Indiana’s ACE experience in Florida Matt & Allison Walsh, ACE Ambassadors
42 Green B.E.A.N. Delivery
Indiana based tri-state delivery service looking for farmers
Lincoln Saunders, Director of Public Affairs, Green B.E.A.N. Delivery
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