Iowa Farm Bureau to Feature Renowned Economist and Futurist Dr. Jay Lehr as Keynote Speaker for 95th Annual Meeting

Governor Proclaims Dec. 2-8 as “Iowa Farm Bureau Week”

Members of the state’s largest grassroots farm organization will gather with excitement to hear nationally-renowned economist and futurist, Dr. Jay Lehr,  keynote the 95th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), Dec. 3 and 4 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, formerly known as Veterans Auditorium.  

To mark the occasion, Governor Terry Branstad has declared Dec. 2-8 as ‘Iowa Farm Bureau Week’ to honor the many accomplishments and contributions of the 95-year-old grassroots farm organization.            

“This year our annual meeting theme, ‘Generations of Innovation,’ celebrates the dedication, accomplishments, and potential of our many diverse family farmers.  Today’s responsible farmers are dedicated members of their communities,” says IFBF President Craig Hill.  “They’re always looking for better ways to provide safe food choices for today’s consumers and embrace innovation and the expertise of others.  That’s why we’re bringing a high caliber group of experts like Dr. Lehr, an expert in environmental science with five decades of agricultural economics experience, to speak on a variety of timely agriculture-related subjects.”             

In addition to innovative speakers, the 95th IFBF annual meeting will also feature several ‘hands-on’ educational seminars to help Farm Bureau members navigate challenging markets, rules and regulations, the evolution of conservation, as well as preparing for the future and strengthening the family farm legacy.  This year the access to expert advice from noted leaders has been expanded to include three separate sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 3.              

In addition, Iowa’s best and brightest young farmers will take the stage for the IFBF Young Farmer Discussion Meet Dec. 3, competing for the state title, a John Deere X320 riding lawn mower, and the chance to advance to the national competition during the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention, January 12-15, in San Antonio, Texas.
IFBF President and Milo farmer Craig Hill will address members and special guests on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 8:15 a.m. The organization will celebrate the generations of innovation and contributions dedicated Farm Bureau members have made with a recognition luncheon Tuesday, Dec. 3, at noon and a young farm leaders’ achievement luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 12:30 p.m.

Farm Bureau’s voting delegate session will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Accomplished trumpeter, Jesse McGuire, will provide entertainment on Tuesday, Dec 3, during the Recognition Luncheon.  Michael Sarver, a singer and finalist on the eighth season of American Idol¸ will close out the 2013 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 4, following the Young Farmers Luncheon. 

Members can register for the 2013 IFBF Annual Meeting at their county Farm Bureau offices. For a complete listing of events and activities, visit

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