Below is just a sample of speakers attending our annual convention! These speakers will share their knowledge and expertise with our membership to bring back to the farm.


Dr. Mike Strain, DVM

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry

Sugar & Cotton Commodity Conferences


Craig McCain


Sugar & Cotton Commodity Conferences


Jim Simon

American Sugar Cane League

Sugar Commodity Conference


Rob Sharkey

Shark Farmer

Social Media Conference


Merlyna Valentine

Merlyna Valentine Consulting

Women’s Leadership Committee Brunch


Lynda Danos

Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation Ag in the Classroom

AITC Workshop


Brandon Davis

Phelps Dunbar LLC

Labor & Environmental Conference


Katie Sistrunk

Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation Labor Advisory Committee 

Labor & Environmental Conference


Don Parrish

American Farm Bureau Federation

Labor & Environmental Conference


Jamison Cruce

USA Rice

Rice Commodity Conference


Dr. Michael Deliberto

LSU AgCenter

Rice & Cotton Commodity Conferences


Dr. Don Groth

LSU AgCenter

Rice Commodity Conference


Joseph Sisk

 Kentucky Industrial Hemp Grower 

Sugar & Market Produce, Nurserymen, Pecans and Sweet Potato Commodity Conferences


Michelle Estay

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry

Dairy Commodity Conference


Craig Brown

National Cotton Council

Cotton Commodity Conference


John Walther

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry

Livestock Commodity Conference


Shaun Tanger

LSU AgCenter

Forestry Commodity Conference


Brian Stafford

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry

Market Produce, Nurserymen, Pecans and Sweet Potato Commodity Conference


Gene Cavalier

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry

Market Produce, Nurserymen, Pecans and Sweet Potato Commodity Conference


Dr. Conner Lawson

LSU AgCenter

Soybean, Wheat and Feed Grain Commodity & Poultry Conferences


Arlan Suderman

FC Stone Financial Inc.

Soybean, Wheat and Feed Grains Commodity Conference


Dr. John Hawke, DVM

LSU Vet School

Crawfish & Catfish Commodity Conference


Dr. Bill Owens

LSU AgCenter

Poultry Commodity Conference



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Take a look around to see what's going on during our annual convention. For a full list of events, download our convention program, or see the schedule above. Lost in the hotel? Here are maps of the New Orleans Marriott -- 2nd floor, 3rd floor, 4th & 5th floor, 41st floor


Young Farmers and Ranchers Contests

Discussion Meet
Thursday, June 20 at 8:30 am, 9:30 am & 2:30 pm
Salon E, 3rd Floor

Excellence in Agriculture
Thursday, June 20 at 10:30 am
Salon E, 3rd Floor

The Discussion Meet competition is designed to simulate a committee meeting environment where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. The Excellence in Agriculture Presentation is designed as an opportunity for young farmers and ranchers to earn recognition, while actively contributing and growing though their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture.

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Farm Bureau Awards

Thursday, June 21 at 5:30 pm
Carondelet, 3rd Floor

The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation Awards Program is designed to recognize parish Farm Bureaus for outstanding program achievements, which involve leaders and members in programs to meet the needs of farmers today and tomorrow. The program measures accomplishments of parish Farm Bureaus in the areas of Quota, Membership, Public Relations, Women’s Leadership Activities, etc.


Women’s Leadership Committee Youth Contests

Queen’s Contest
Saturday, June 22 at 5:30 pm
Carondelet, 3rd Floor

Talk Meet
Friday, June 21 at 9 am
Salon D, 3rd Floor

Junior & Senior Talent Contests
Friday, June 21 at 5:30 pm
Carondelet, 3rd Floor

The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation’s Talk Meet competition is designed for youth, ages 15-19, to showcase their public speaking skills. The Junior and Senior Talent contests showcase the talents of Louisiana Farm Bureau’s youth. Ending with our Queen’s Contest, one lucky young lady will get the opportunity to travel the state of Louisiana and go to the nation’s capital serving as an ambassador for Louisiana Farm Bureau during her reign. 


AITC Workshop

Friday, June 21 at 10 am
Galeris 1, 2nd Floor

Have you ever wanted to know more about the Louisiana Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) program? This is your chance! Everyone is invited to attend the AITC workshop. This year, we are unveiling our latest resource to bring agriculture to your classroom!

Century Farm Awards

Friday, June 21 at 11 am
Preservation Hall Studios 7 & 8, 2nd Floor

Hosted by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the Century Farms Program recognizes and honors families that have owned Louisiana farm land for 100 years or more. Come celebrate the families who have contributed to the agricultural heritage and history of Louisiana!


Social Media Workshop

Friday, June 21 at 1 pm
Galleries 1 & 2, 2nd Floor

Social media is a powerful tool to communicate positive messages about agriculture, answer questions and more importantly, share your personal stories from the farm. This year's workshop features speaker Rob Sharkey, better known as The Shark Farmer


AITC Ice Cream Social

Friday, June 21 at 3 pm
Salon E, 3rd Floor

The Louisiana Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Ice Cream Social gives you the opportunity to enjoy everyone’s favorite summer treat! You can build your own ice cream sundae while meeting fellow Louisiana Farm Bureau members. Come fill your bowls and add your toppings to make new connections!


Farm Bureau Friday Night

Friday, June 21 at 8-12 am
Lobby, 1st floor

This is your chance to pass a good time with your fellow Louisiana Farm Bureau members, who you might only see once a year. Come down to the lobby. Break some bread. Take a few pictures in the photo booth. Most importantly, have fun. The Marriott is offering food and beverage discounts and a D.J. will be playing all of your favorite music. 


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