National Farm Bureau Annual Meeting about to start in Seattle

National Farm Bureau Annual Meeting about to start in Seattle

Washington Ag Today January 8, 2010 More than five-thousand members from across the nation are expected to attend the 91st Annual Convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation, which gets underway in Seattle this weekend.

Mollie Hammer, spokesperson for the Washington State Farm Bureau, says this is only the second time Washington has hosted the national convention.

Hammer: “Basically it means we get to do the honors in terms of helping to showcase agriculture in Washington. So there are some tours available for folks who are coming from other states prior to attending the convention. Other than that it is business as usual in terms of we have Farm Bureau policy that will be determined on January 12th through the 13th at our business session where the voting delegates decide what needs to be done in terms of national and international issues.”

American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman will be giving the opening session address Sunday.

Hammer: “But we also have the Washington State Department of Agriculture Director Dan Newhouse speaking to the attendees. We are pretty excited about that because he is a farmer himself in addition to holding his post at WSDA.”

Monday afternoon former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw will be speaking to the convention.

The location of the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting is the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle.

I’m Bob Hoff and that’s Washington Ag Today on the Northwest Ag Information Network.


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