The Start of Something Great! Farm Bureau's Leadership Conference



The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) presents its 2017 Leadership Conference, February 3-4. This year’s conference, “The Start of Something Great,” will be held at the Sanford Convention Center/Country Inn & Suites in Bemidji. The Leadership Conference is designed to raise awareness of agriculture issues, provide advocacy tools and enhance networks, leadership skills and professional development.

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) presents its 2017 Leadership Conference, February 3-4. This year’s conference, “The Start of Something Great,” will be held at the Sanford Convention Center/Country Inn & Suites in Bemidji. The Leadership Conference is designed to raise awareness of agriculture issues, provide advocacy tools and enhance networks, leadership skills and professional development.

Keynote Speaker: Bruce Vincent

Bruce Vincent, a third generation logger from Libby, Montana, will motivate and inspire attendees during the Friday evening banquet. During the past 25 years, Bruce has given motivational speeches throughout the United States and the world, has testified on natural resource issues before Congress and has appeared on several news programs such as “60 Minutes.”

Bruce has been named Timberman of the Year in Montana, National Forest Activist of the Year, the Agri-Women's 2007 Veritas Award Winner and in 2004 received the inaugural Presidential Preserve America Award from President Bush. Bruce and his wife Patti Jo have four children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law and 11 grandchildren.

Tours

This year's tours will depart from the Sanford Center at 10 a.m. on Friday. Tours stops include Inc., Bemidji Woolen Mills, Norbord Inc. and North Central Door Company.

Conference Sessions

On Saturday, there will be three rounds of workshops ranging in topics from leadership, advocacy, education, immigration and business. Saturday afternoon will have a “Resource Course” for those interested in Promotion & Education and a conference wide service project. The Leadership Conference will also be the host to the preliminary rounds of the Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet.

On Saturday night following the leadership banquet, there will be entertainment hosted by the MFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and the Promotion & Education Committee.

Conference Details

  • When: February 3-4, 2017
  • Time: Friday, 10:00 a.m. – Saturday, 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Sanford Convention Center/Country Inn & Suites, Bemidji
  • Who: Those interested in topics pertaining to leadership development.
  • Registration: Conference registration is due January 13, 2017 to MFBF Leadership Conference, P.O. Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164. No refunds will be made after January 13, 2017. Register online at www.fbmn.org/leadership-conference.
  • Discussion Meet Deadline: January 13, 2017

Costs


  • Full Conference: $120
  • Hotel: Single Room $99 plus tax, King Suite $119 plus tax. Each attendee must make their own reservation.
  • Late Conference Registration (After January 13): $160
  • Conference Tours: $25 per person, includes box lunch

Look for brochures and conference information at your county Farm Bureau office and on fbmn.org. For more information call 651-768-2115 or email ruth.meirick@fbmn.org.



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