Minnesota Farm Bureau Leadership Conference


The 2017 Leadership Conference will be held February 3-4 in Bemidji. Leadership Conference is a joint effort of the MFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and the Promotion & Education Committee to raise awareness of agriculture issues, provide advocacy tools and enhance networks, leadership skills and professional development


Keynote Speaker: Bruce Vincent

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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 10:00 a.m. on Friday. Tours stops include Riviana Foods 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.

The conference will conclude on Saturday night following the leadership banquet with entertainment hosted by the MFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and the Promotion & Education Committee.

Entertainment will include two options, attend the Bemidji State vs. Michigan Tech college hockey game (no additional cost - price included in registration) or stay in and watch the movie Ivy League Farmer.

For more information, call 651-768-2115 or email ruth.meirick@fbmn.org.

Bus Information

Roads a concern? Ride the bus to this year's Leadership Conference. A southeast area and a south central area route are available. For more information, click here.