MINOT, N.D. — You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn, laugh, network and have a great time. The NDFB Farm and Ranch Conference will be held Jan. 26-28, 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Minot.
Featured speaker will be Chris Koch. “My family could have treated my disability like a total tragedy but instead chose to take it all in stride and make the best of the situation. After all, I still had a good head on my shoulders… and with that, anything is possible,” he says.
The event will be filled with fun and informative speakers and activities.
To view the Discussion Meet topics, click here.
The tentative agenda is as follows:
Friday, January 26
11:30 am – 5 pm: Registration
5 pm – 6 pm: Welcome – NDFB YF&R Co-chairs, Social/Ice Breaker & Cash Bar
6 pm: NDFB Update – Daryl Lies, President
6:15 pm: Banquet
6:45 pm: Keynote Speaker – Chris Koch
8:30 pm: Networking Social
Saturday January 27
7:30 am – 5 pm: Registration
8 am – 8:45 am: Breakfast Buffet
8:30 am – 8:45 am: District Meetings and Introductions
8:45 am – 9:30 am: Opening Session- Megan & Richard Floyd, AFBF YF&R Committee
9:30 am – 10:30 am: Breakout Sessions:
1) Carl Peterson – Weed Resistance
2) Tim Petry – Cattle Markets
3) Preston Sundeen – Drone Do’s & Don’ts
10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break
10:45 am – 11:45 am: Breakout Sessions repeat from 9:30 am
12:00 pm – 1 pm: Lunch
1 pm – 1:45 pm: Breakout Sessions:
1) Nancy Jo Bateman – Cooking demonstration with beef
2) Frayne Olson – Crop Outlook
3) SAP workshop
1:45 pm – 2 pm: Break
2 pm – 2:45 pm: Breakout Sessions repeat from 1 pm
2:45 – 3:00 pm: Break
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm:YF&R Discussion Meet
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Social
6:00 pm: Banquet
7:45 pm – 8:30 pm: Final Four Discussion Meet
9 pm – 11:30 pm: C Willi Myles – Comedian
Sunday, January 28
8:30 am – 9:30 am: Continental Breakfast and Inspirational Service
2018 YF&R Discussion Meet Questions
1. Farmers are a shrinking percentage of the population. How can Farm Bureau help first-generation farmers and ranchers get started in agriculture?
2. With a growing demand for US farm products abroad, how can agriculture overcome public skepticism of foreign trade to negotiate new trade agreements and open new world markets?
3. Formation of family farm corporations is common practice. How can Farm Bureau work to ensure that the public’s positive perception of the family farm is not lost?
4. How can farmers and ranchers maintain their buying power with the continued trend of input supplier and provider consolidations?
5. How can Farm Bureau help members with increasing legal and regulatory obstacles so they can focus on farming and ranching?
These questions will be used for the YF&R Discussion Meet that will be held in Nashville, Tennessee and the Collegiate Discussion Meet that will be held in Reno, Nevada.
— North Dakota Farm Bureau
For more news from North Dakota, click here.