It is returning again to hold its major annual convention, there, next week, with meetings set for Nov. 19 and 20, as well as a Wednesday pre-convention series of meetings.
Meetings will focus on energy/climate issues and the economic outlook for agriculture, says public relations director Matt Hargreaves.
“The state of our local and national economy is certainly in the minds of everyone right now,” said Federation president Leland Hogan.
“This convention presents the opportunity for great discussion on energy policy, animal agriculture, and private property issues and how we propose to go about solving these problems,” he said.
Director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Jim Karpowitz will speak about managing Utah’s wildlife while Utah Rep. Kerry Gibson, a Weber County dairy farmer, will speak to the political forces impacting Utah agriculture.
Book author Mike Ramsdell will talk about his experiences as an intelligence officer in the last days of the Soviet Union and the lessons he learned while there. The Bear River native wrote the book, “A Train to Potevka.”
Breakout sessions will address such topics as identity theft, benefits to schools from Utah’s trust lands, and a presentation about the Federal Deficit Task Force created by the American Farm Bureau to discuss America’s growing deficit and potential solutions.
In addition, the final round of the Young Farmer & Ranger Discussion Meet will be held. It’s a chance for young farmers and ranchers to address pressing issues facing agriculture today and provide their ideas for solutions.
The annual Gala Agricultural Banquet will be Friday, Nov. 20, and include awarding of the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award. Utah Sen. Bob Bennett will speak while the country music group, “Due West,” will perform.