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Farm Bureau annual meeting is Nov. 15-17

October 5, 2018
Chris Koch

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation will have its 100th annual meeting Nov. 15-17 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington.

The meeting will celebrate the history of the organization, will have sessions on agricultural issues, as well as Young Farmers & Ranchers contests and award banquets.

Chris Koch will be the keynote speaker at the noon luncheon Nov. 17.

Koch is a farm boy turned world traveler and has a message of “If I Can.”

Born without arms or legs, Koch grew up in the farming and ranching community of Nanton, Alberta, operating equipment on his grandpa’s farm. After studying history and psychology in college, he worked with children who are missing limbs and spent time in the airline industry before beginning “If I Can,” a project that encourages people to live life to the fullest.

The voting delegate session will begin at 8 a.m. Nov. 16. The awards banquet, president’s address and foundation auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

An Agriculture in the Classroom experience and a service project at the hotel highlight other Nov. 16 activities.

Educational sessions and Young Farmer & Rancher activities are scheduled on Nov. 17. The noon luncheon will include announcement of the Young Farmer & Rancher award winners.

There will be three general sessions: 2019 political landscape, environmental and regulatory issues, and the opioid epidemic.

The conference concludes with the grand prize drawing — air and hotel fees to the American Farm Bureau annual meeting Jan. 11-15 in New Orleans.

For registration information, contact your county Farm Bureau or Lori Wiegand at 651-768-2102 or lwiegand@fbmn.org. Registration forms and online registration information can be found at fbmn.org. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 1. The Friday banquet meal is $50 per person and the Saturday luncheon meal is $50 per person. After Nov. 1, an additional $5 will be charged per meal.