The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation will host its 105th annual meeting on Dec. 5-6 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, providing members with crucial updates on farm policy and agricultural trends.

“Annual meeting is an energizing event that sets the tone for the year ahead,” says Brent Johnson, Iowa Farm Bureau president. “It’s a time set aside to recognize county Farm Bureau accomplishments, reconnect with fellow farmers from every corner of Iowa and learn new insights to keep family farms moving into the future.”

Keynoting the event is Will Bowen, author of international bestseller, "A Complaint Free World,” and founder of the global Complaint Free? movement, which has reached more than 15 million people worldwide. Bowen has been featured on Oprah, Forbes, The Today Show and more to address the psychology of complaints and the power of shifting toward more productive thoughts. 

Educational breakout sessions will feature industry experts. R.J. Layher, director of government affairs at the American Farm Bureau, will update members on legislation impacting family farms. David Widmar, an agricultural economist with Agriculture Economics Insights, will discuss the future of the agriculture industry, focusing on automation, market trends and strategies to navigate uncertainty. Dr. Christopher Pudenz, economics and research manager at the Iowa Farm Bureau, will present an ag economic outlook. 

Award recognitions will include Outstanding County Farm Bureaus, Distinguished Service to Ag, Ag Leaders Institute graduates, Farm Bureau Community Partnership Awards and Young Farmer Leadership Awards. Young farmers, ages 18 to 35, are also encouraged to participate in the Discussion Meet, a cooperative-style dialogue on ag issues. Winners will be announced during the young farmer evening reception, Dec. 5, and the first-place winner will represent Iowa at the American Farm Bureau Convention in Salt Lake City, UT in 2024. 

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