AMERICAN FARM BUREAU TO HOLD 88TH CONVENTION
Members of the Alabama Farmers Federation will have a chance to enjoy scenic vistas while they expand their knowledge about agricultural issues during the American Farm Bureau Federation's 2007 Annual Convention Jan. 6-10 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"Scenic Vistas, Expanding Horizons" is the theme for the 88th annual convention, which will feature a keynote address by actor and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson and entertainment by singer Michael Martin Murphy and cowboy poet Baxter Black. During the event, the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers program will hold its national Discussion Meet and recognize the winner of that contest as well as the Achievement Award and Excellence in Agriculture Award.
Educational seminars will focus on a variety of topics including biofuels and energy, trade, leadership, safety, animal identification, the farm bill, concentrated animal feeding operations and the economic outlook for crops and livestock.
The AFBF Women's Division also will hold a luncheon, and voting delegates from 50 states and Puerto Rico will participate in a business session.
The Utah Farm Bureau has organized optional tours and events for convention participants. These include a rodeo and cowboy cookout; tour of a dairy farm that's converting manure into clean, methane fuel; horse-drawn sleigh rides through a 19,000-acre wildlife management area; tour of aerospace museum and Golden Spike National Historic Site; and a visit to Utah's largest sawmill followed by a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Spring Creek Haflinger Farms.
Registration deadline for the conference is Nov. 17. Forms may be obtained from Federation area organization directors or by contacting Michele Brown with Destinations at 1-800-392-5705, ext. 4080 or mbrown3@AlfaIns.com.
Convention participants will be responsible for making their own airline reservations and are encouraged to book flights early.
Federation members may contact Doug Catrett with Alfa Travel Services at 1-800-239-5477 for airline tickets.