More than 1,700 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) members from across the state will gather for the organization’s 93rd annual meeting Wednesday - Saturday at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Delegates from all of the state’s 120 counties assemble for the four-day event to participate in committee meetings, business sessions, award presentations, officer elections and to adopt 2013 priority issues and policy revisions.

In addition to conducting organizational business, KFB hosts its annual meeting to reflect on both the successes and challenges experienced in Kentucky’s agriculture industry over the previous year. The full agenda of delegate activities begins on Thursday, December 6, with 10 commodity and special interest conferences covering a range of topics from tobacco and livestock to farm labor and agricultural chemicals. A one-day tradeshow – featuring agriculture associations and businesses from around the country, the KFB County Activities of Excellence and student agricultural science displays – simultaneously occupies the exhibit halls. Guest comments from Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer and a keynote address from Craig Jagger, Principal and Founder of Legis Consulting, LLC, in Maryland, highlight the day’s Commodity Luncheon.

In between those activities and numerous other meetings scheduled on Thursday, attendees will take away valuable knowledge from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s annual presentation on the state’s agricultural economic outlook. This much-anticipated session begins at 10 a.m.

During the morning general session on Friday, December 7, KFB President Mark Haney will update attendees with the president’s annual address. During this same session, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has been invited to speak to KFB’s delegates about national issues impacting agriculture in Kentucky. Delegates will later discuss and adopt resolutions in the afternoon general session, then break into district caucuses to nominate the 2013 KFB Board of Directors.

Saturday, December 8, begins with the organization’s annual Public Affairs Breakfast, highlighted by comments from Representative Jeff Hoover, Republican Floor Leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives. The morning event is followed by the annual meeting’s final general session. Additionally, voting delegates will elect directors and officers, then conclude with the final discussion and adoption of resolutions.

In other convention activities, the state’s “Farmer of the Year” and “Outstanding Young Farm Family” will be announced, awards will be given for county Farm Bureau achievements and top farm leaders will be recognized for distinguished service.

Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney addresses delegates during the organization’s 2011 annual meeting
Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney addresses delegates during the organization’s 2011 annual meeting

Kentucky Farm Bureau is a voluntary organization of farm families and their allies dedicated to serving as the voice of agriculture by identifying problems, developing solutions and taking actions which will improve net farm income, achieve better economic opportunities and enhance the quality of life for all. For more than three-quarters of a century, KFB has served as the “Voice of Kentucky Agriculture,” representing the interests of agricultural producers and rural communities. With nearly 500,000 member families statewide, Kentucky Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization.

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