CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Texas farmers and ranchers will address organizational policy issues at the 88th annual meeting of Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Dec. 3-5 in Corpus Christi.
Members from the state’s 205 county Farm Bureaus will work together to craft policy positions and prepare for the challenges agriculture faces.
“Our members will address the needs of farmers and ranchers and rural communities through our grassroots policy development process,” TFB President Russell Boening said. “Our policy discussions will look at ways to strengthen agriculture in our state and nation. We want to make sure agriculture stays sustainable and profitable, ensuring we have a nutritious food and fiber supply.”
About 1,000 farmers and ranchers are expected in Corpus Christi during the meeting to discuss the latest agricultural issues, recognize successes from the year and evaluate the organization’s policies.
Friday, Dec. 3
The meeting will begin Friday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. with registration. TFB member benefits and services exhibits, County Activities of Excellence winners and TFB’s Doorways to Agriculture exhibit will also be on display.
Saturday, Dec. 4
The meeting will continue Saturday, Dec. 4, with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday’s events include TFB member benefits and services exhibits, County Activities of Excellence displays, Excellence in Agriculture presentations, Doorways to Agriculture exhibit and the Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Discussion Meet.
The Discussion Meet preliminary rounds will be held at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The final round is set for 1 p.m. The three Excellence in Agriculture finalists will each give a presentation, beginning at 9 a.m.
Also this year, a special guest will be in attendance in the exhibit area. Jen Betton, the illustrator of the children’s book Barn at Night, will be signing copies of the book. It is the latest from the American Farm Bureau Foundation For Agriculture’s publishing venture Feeding Minds Press. The book features a father and daughter working in the pre-dawn hours in their barn to feed and care for their animals.
Betton lives in Dallas and has received numerous awards for her illustrations.
The Opening General Session will begin at 2 p.m. During the session, the winners of the Pioneer Awards, Media Awards, Communications Awards and Outstanding Ag in the Classroom Teacher will be recognized.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will also address members during the opening session.
Sunday, Dec. 5
On Sunday, Dec. 5, the meeting will begin with a devotional, followed by membership recognition. During the session, the 2021 Outstanding YF&R and Excellence in Agriculture award winners will be named, and the retiring TFB state directors will be recognized.
Members will also hear from Gov. Greg Abbott via video remarks.
A delegate luncheon and YF&R Live Auction will be held prior to the business session. The money raised during the live auction benefits TFB’s scholarship program.
The TFB Annual Meeting will conclude with the organization’s annual business session.
For an agenda and more information about the 88th annual meeting, visit https://texasfarmbureau.org/annualmeeting.
–Texas Farm Bureau