ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) presents its 2021 LEAP Leadership Conference, July 16-17 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center/Sioux Falls Sheraton in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Farm Bureau LEAP Conference is designed to raise awareness of agriculture issues, provide advocacy tools and enhance networks, leadership skills and professional development.
Keynotes: Vance Crowe and Dick Beardsley
Vance Crowe is a communications consultant that has worked for corporations and international organizations around the world. Vance helps organizations realize why the general public doesn’t agree with their perspective and offers new ways to communicate effectively, resolve disagreements and build rapport with critics and stakeholders.
Dick Beardsley is one of the world’s most extraordinary, well-respected and compelling keynote speakers. Dick’s inspirational international best-selling autobiography, Staying the Course, A Runners Toughest Race, is the subject of several best-selling books and a feature film. Dick has spoken to countless groups all over the world. Anywhere motivation, inspiration and hope are needed.
This year’s tours will depart from the Sanford Center at 12 p.m. on Friday. Tours stops include HydroGreen Global, Rosenbauer Firetrucks, Stensland Family Farms, and South Dakota State University.
This year a pre-conference session will be available at 12 p.m. on Friday. The session featured is safeTALK, which focuses on suicide and mental illness among farmers and farm workers and learning skills to address those in need.
Project: Supply Our Students
The P&E and YF&R Committees have selected The Banquet of Sioux Falls, SD for the service project recipient at this year’s LEAP Conference. See the flier fbmn.org/leap-conference for items that are in need.
Farm Bureau Market
Do you do direct sales of a product from your farm? Do you handcraft items? Connect with other Farm Bureau members and learn about each other’s products and businesses at the first Farm Bureau Market at this year’s LEAP Conference January 17 in Sioux Falls. Register for a table at the market fbmn.org/leap-conference.
On Saturday, there will be three rounds of sessions ranging in topics from leadership, education, advocacy, and promotion. Saturday afternoon will have a “Resource Course” for those interested in Promotion & Education. The Leadership Conference will also be the host to the preliminary rounds of the Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet.
On Saturday night following the keynote speaker, attendees will head to The Falls Park for dinner and a night of fun including family entertainment and tours of the Stockyards Ag Experience.
When: July 16-17, 2021
Time: Friday, 12 p.m.-Saturday, 10 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Sioux Falls and Sioux Falls Convention Center
Who: All Farm Bureau members interested in topics pertaining to leadership development.
Registration: Register for the conference at fbmn.org/leap-conference.
Hotel Registration deadline is June 17 – register for the hotel on your own.
Sponsorship opportunities are available.
For more information contact your county Farm Bureau.
Minnesota Farm Bureau representing Farmers • Families • Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. For over 100 year, members have made their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as agriculture in the classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, mn.fbiris.com/join.
— Minnesota Farm Bureau