Thursday, January 16, 2014
Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention in San Antonio,
Texas, wrapped up yesterday. An estimated 7,000 people from 50
states and Puerto Rico attended the meeting, held January 12-15. We
are happy to report that Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) made their
presence known... in more ways than one!
Close to 400 Illinoisans were on hand for the convention,
including 20-plus farmers who served as voting delegates
representing the Illinois Farm Bureau.
Voting delegates at the 95th annual meeting approved Illinois
Farm Bureau's policy submittals to protect the proprietary data
rights of farmers and to prevent certain changes to AFBF's
Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) policy.
"Proprietary data collected from farming and agricultural
operations is valuable, should remain the property of the farmer,
and warrants protection," said Rich Guebert, Jr., President,
Illinois Farm Bureau. "The policy Illinois submitted to the AFBF
Resolutions Committee, which was subsequently adopted, encourages
protocols and calls for compensation to farmers whose proprietary
data is shared with third parties."
Additionally, IFB delegates helped to block submitted changes to
AFBF's RFS policy, which would have eliminated renewable fuels tax
incentives for biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol, as well as federal
incentives for gas stations to install blender pumps.
Caleb May of Christian County Farm Bureau was named a runner-up
in the National Young Leaders and Ranchers Discussion Meet. May
focused on uses of risk management, technology and advocacy among
legislators and urban consumers as critical factors to stimulate
more economic growth. May will receive a Case IH Farmall 55A,
courtesy of Case IH and $3,000 in cash and Stihl merchandise,
courtesy of Stihl.
Also representing Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders:
County Farm Bureaus from Cook, Marshall-Putman, and Randolph
were recognized by AFBF for innovative program ideas in this year's
County Activities of Excellence (CAE) Awards program. The winners
were highlighted in the CAE Showcase.
And, to top it off, Illinois Farm Bureau was recognized for
outstanding achievement in six program areas: Education and
Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership
Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public
Relations and Communications.
The Awards for Excellence are given to state Farm Bureaus that
have demonstrated excellence in membership achievement and
implementation of outstanding programs serving Farm Bureau members
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