Thursday, November 19, 2015

CFB celebrates 97 years this weekend

Colorado Farm Bureau is hosting its 97th annual meeting Nov. 19-22, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Denver, Colo.

This year’s meeting is about joining and engaging in the cause of protecting and promoting agriculture and rural values. CFB's annual meeting reflects Farm Bureau’s grassroots tradition, as Farm Bureau leaders gather to consider policies developed by farmers and ranchers to set a state and national course. This tradition has continued since our founding in 1919, and it is the source of our authenticity, strength and vision.

“It is our tradition to gather our membership for our state annual meeting, where we will discuss policy development, elect leaders and gain new skills that will help Colorado Farm Bureau attain our vision,” Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau said.

On Friday, Nov. 20 at 8:30 a.m. the meeting’s general session begins with an address by Sen. Cory Gardner. Following Sen. Gardner’s speech, CFB President Don Shawcroft and E.V.P. Chad Vorthmann will discuss current issues facing Colorado’s farmers and ranchers.

Keynote speaker Mark Young, Chief Technology Officer at Climate Corp., will follow and talk about new technologies and developments that will benefit the ag industry. Dr. Ajay Menon, CSU Dean of Agricultural Sciences, will wrap up general session with a speech about the state of CSU’s ag program and where it’s heading. Following general session, outstanding membership and organization efforts of CFB members and counties will be recognized during the awards luncheon.

After the awards luncheon, members will have the opportunity to attend one of three break out conferences. Holly Duckworth, Leadership International, will conduct a conference that will focus on leadership development. Trudy Wastweet, American Farm Bureau Director of Congressional Affairs, will host a conference and present on national agricultural affairs and livestock issues. The third option is a conference on Political Engagement and Strategic Messaging hosted by Debbie Brown, Director of Colorado Women’s Alliance, and Lorrie Boyer, KSIR Radio host.

Throughout the course of the meeting, members of the Collegiate Farm Bureaus and the Young Farmers and Ranchers program will be competing in their respective discussion meets. These young members from around the state have been studying and preparing for this discussion meet over the past year. Competitors will discuss a wide variety of topics pertinent to the state and national future of agriculture and this year is sure to be one of the best discussion meet competitions to date.

On Nov. 20-22, voting delegates will meet to set policies for the Colorado Farm Bureau for 2016, make policy recommendations for American Farm Bureau Federation and elect Board Directors from Districts 1, 3 5, 7 and 9.

Throughout the meeting, a silent auction will be held, as well as a live auction on the evening of Nov. 20, to raise money for agricultural education and the CFB disaster relief fund. The meeting closes out with the Annual Banquet, where the Service to Agriculture Award winners will be recognized.

“Each year we recognize one individual inside of Farm Bureau, and one individual outside of Farm Bureau whose perseverance have made significant contributions to agriculture,” Shawcroft said.

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