Since Friday, several MFBF members and staff have been in Nashville, TN attending the AFBF Annual Convention.
If you’ve never been, this convention is jam packed with workshops, events, keynotes and tours—it’s A LOT to squeeze into four days. In case you missed any of the coverage on the MFBF Facebook, Twitter and Instagram here is a sampling of some of the agenda highlights from the first few days.
Friday, January 5
Mostly filled with members traveling to Nashville and picking up Convention information at Registration, President Hans McPherson was armed and ready with the AFBF Policy Resolutions delegate packets and represented Montana at the State President’s dinner Friday evening.
Saturday, January 6
Marked the official kick-off of Convention and the agenda was full!
The Women’s Leadership Committee Western Region Caucus met to discuss programs, events and western issues. Montana’s Lillian Ostendorf was re-elected to serve as the western region representative to the AFBF Women’s Leadership Committee.
Rounds 1 and 2 of the YF&R Discussion Meet took place and Sophi Davis competed. You can watch the replay of each round on the MFBF Facebook Page or, click the links below.
Another major perk of Convention is the variety of workshops offering high quality information on all types of topics. As a recent graduate of AFBF’s PALS (Partners in Advocacy Leadership) program; Melstone rancher and MFBF District Director, Jennifer Bergin presented a workshop called, “Breaking the Ice with Consumers”.
Other workshops featured Jane DeMarchi, the VP of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs for the American Seed Trade Association and Pamela bailey, the CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Follow along with MFBF on Twitter to see live updates from workshops.
Sunday, January 7
The Montana crew is full of enthusiasm on day two!