Book of the Year author Andy Andrews keynotes 2017 INFB annual convention

The 2017 Indiana Farm Bureau Annual Convention is only a few months away, which means Farm Bureau staff are busy planning for the many events and presentations that will take place in French Lick this December for members across the state.

State_Convention_ImageCounty leadership and members looking to learn more about Indiana Farm Bureau and how to get more involved in 2018 are encouraged to join INFB for a fun, educational weekend in southern Indiana.

This year’s keynote speaker is 2017 Indiana Farm Bureau Book of the Year author, Andy Andrews. Andrews, author of the New York Time's bestselling The Traveler's Gift, The Noticer and the 2017 Book of the Year, The Kid Who Changed the World, has impacted millions with his creative writing and speaking.

Andrews' life was a typical American story until the age of 19. The loss of both parents, his mother to cancer and his father to an automobile accident, forever altered Andrews' path. Within a short span, he found himself homeless and without direction. The dramatic change in circumstances forced Andrews to ask himself a simple question: "Is life just a lottery ticket or are there choices one can make to direct his future?" This very question fueled a search that led him to where he is today. Andrews joins INFB at convention this year to talk about his personal journey and the Book of the Year.

Leading up to the keynote, attendees who serve a specific volunteer role such as county president, education and outreach coordinator, public relations coordinator, legislative affairs chair or secretary have the opportunity to gather with folks in other counties in a similar role to learn more about how to most effectively perform their duties in 2018. It’s a great opportunity to learn from state staff and to network with others in across the state.

You’ll also hear from INFB state leadership, such as President Randy Kron, about the policies that will be a top priority for Farm Bureau staff during the next legislative session. These policies shape much of what INFB does in 2018. Attending annual convention makes it easier to understand the issues that surround these top-priorities and gives you the talking points to take Farm Bureau’s message to your county this year.

But it’s not all work. The weekend will include a silent auction, Polar Express train rides, historical tours, bowling, live music, networking, banquet dinners and much more at a location worthy of a weekend away, the French Lick Springs Hotel. 

Registration is required for all convention attendees. Registration will be available online in mid-September or from your personal email invitation. Hotel room blocks will be available at the French Lick Spring Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel until Nov. 6 or until all blocks are filled. Reserve your room when you register for the event in mid-September.