Honolulu--During the closing session of the 93rd American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, members heard remarks from the United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. He discussed how important agriculture was to our country and the important role it plays in every American’s life. He pledged USDA would continue to listen to farmers and ranchers on rules and regulations and the impacts they may have before finalizing any new rules and regulations. He stressed the importance of helping young people return to the farm and the growing need to promote and talk about agriculture with consumers. He also addressed the reality of a farm bill that will focus on catastrophic losses and low commodity prices.
The Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, AFBF’s highest honor, was presented next. Missouri Farm Bureau past President Charles Kruse received the award with his wife Pam by his side. Kruse has dedicated his life to serving agriculture and has diligently worked to move agriculture forward.
Members enjoyed several laughs while listening to Dave Barry speak. Dave joked that he knew where our food really comes from today. He said our food comes from the trucks parked behind the supermarkets, not the supermarket shelves. He admitted not knowing a lot about agriculture but he expressed his gratitude for farmers and ranchers who produce the food he enjoys.
After much anticipation, it was finally time for the Young Farmers and Ranchers winners to be announced.
This year’s meeting was once again a great success! Next year the great state of Tennessee will host Farm Bureau members for the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Farm Bureau in Nashville.