Harvest is just around the corner, and that means the annual Indiana Farm Bureau State Convention can’t be far behind.
This year’s gathering of Farm Bureau members will take place Dec. 6-8 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne. Registration, which is required for all convention attendees, is now open and members are encouraged to register early as hotel space is limited. Members must register both for the convention and also for the hotel.
This year, there will be three rounds of breakouts on Friday and a fourth set of breakouts Saturday morning. Breakout topics include gene editing technology, AFBF policy outlook and strategy, “Consumer Trust: Organic or Not” and a breakout full of ideas to help county Farm Bureaus mark the 100th anniversary of INFB in 2019.
There also will be a county board orientation and a meeting for all county leaders Thursday afternoon.
Friday will start with a special General Session breakfast, with keynote speaker Col. Danny R. McKnight, U.S. Army, retired. McKnight served in the military for more than 28 years and is the recipient of multiple awards including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. These days McKnight is a motivational speaker and details his involvement in the October 1993 event in Mogadishu, Somalia – the basis for the book and movie Black Hawk Down. Friday evening will close with an address by President Randy Kron.
Saturday’s closing luncheon will include a keynote by Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity. The final event of convention will be a special ceremony to kick off INFB’s year-long 100th anniversary celebration that you won’t want to miss. Be sure to make plans to stick around to the very end.