Montana Farm Bureau members joined producers from across the country in Atlanta, Georgia for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 103rd Convention. It was the first time that the convention had been held in person since 2020 and although farmers and ranchers are optimistic about what the new year could hold, the tone of the convention differed greatly from 2 years ago.
Back in January of 2020, the ag industry was very optimistic with recently signed trade agreements with China, Japan, Canada and Mexico. After the supply chain disruptions of the past 2 years, drought, and surging input costs, farmers and ranchers are a bit more cautious.
In addition to networking, workshops, the trade show and tours of the Atlanta area, farmer and rancher delegates also set the policy to guide the American Farm Bureau’s work in 2022. Key topics ranged from milk pricing and beef market transparency to urban agriculture.
For Montana Farm Bureau, it was an especially exciting convention as MFBF received two awards, the Pinnacle Award for program and membership achievement, as well as the New Horizon Award, which honors the most innovative new state Farm Bureau programs.
Also, MFBF Young Farmer and Rancher Chairman J.M. Peck competed in the Discussion Meet and made it all the way to the semi-final round.
Northern Ag Network’s Colter Brown attended the convention and the video below features some of the highlights, as well as thoughts from Montana Farm Bureau leaders on the challenges and opportunities facing the ag industry.
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