Take a look around to see what's going on during our annual convention. Download our convention program for the complete list of events.


Discussion Meet

Thursday, June 29 at 8:30am, 9:30am & 2:30pm
Salon E, 3rd Floor

This competition is designed to simulate a committee meeting environment where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. Successful participants are productive thinkers rather than emotional persuaders and assist the group in creating ways to implement the solutions discussed and highlight Farm Bureau’s involvement in those actions/steps.


Excellence in Ag

Thursday, June 29 at 10:15am
Salon E, 3rd Floor

The Excellence in Agriculture competition 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. The ideal candidate(s) for the Excellence in Agriculture Award is an individual or couple who does not have the majority of his/her income subject to normal production risk.


Farm Bureau Awards

Thursday, June 29 at 5:30pm
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. It measures accomplishments of your parish Farm Bureau in the areas of Quota, Membership, Public relations, Women’s Leadership Activities, etc.


Silent Auction

Friday, June 30 at 8am-4pm & Saturday, July 1 at 8am-10am
Preservation Hall, 2nd Floor

Each parish from across the state donates unique items to represent their parish and support the Louisiana Farm Bureau Foundations’ Ag in the Classroom foundation. Make sure to come down and place your bid in the annual silent auction!


Talk Meet

Friday, June 30 at 9am
Salon D, 3rd Floor

The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation’s Talk Meet competition is designed for youth, ages 15-19, to showcase their public speaking skills. Contestants are given a question concerning a top agriculture issue and prepare and deliver a speech that presents their point of view and solutions on the issue they are given. 


AITC Workshop

Friday, June 30 at 10am
Galleries 1 & 2, 2nd Floor

Have you ever wanted to know more about the Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) program? Now is your chance! Everyone is invited to attend the AITC workshop. This hands on workshop will give you tips and ideas on how to that integrate agriculture int your classroom!  


Century Farm Awards

Friday, June 30 at 11am
Preservation Hall Studios 7 & 8, 2nd Floor

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


Social Media Workshop

Friday, June 30at 1pm
Galleries 1 & 2, 2nd Floor

Social media is a powerful tool to communicate positive messages about agriculture, share knowledge, answer questions and more importantly, share your personal stories from the farm. This year's workshop will help you set up your Facebook pages and teach how to create posts that will have you trending online.   


AITC Ice Cream Social

Friday, June 30 at 3pm
Salon E, 3rd Floor

The Louisiana Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom gives all attendees the opportunity to enjoy everyone’s favorite summer treat! You can indulge in ice cream while meeting fellow Louisiana Farm Bureau members. Come fill your bowls and add your toppings to make new connections! 


Talent Contest

Friday, June 30 at 5:30pm
Carondelet, 3rd Floor

The Women’s Leadership Committee’s Junior and Senior Talent contest showcases the talents of Louisiana Farm Bureau’s youth. The young stars take to the stage and wow the crowd while trying to impress the judges to take one of the top prizes. If you enjoy singing, dancing and everything in-between you won’t want to miss it!

LSU Agriculture Social

Saturday, July 1 at 12pm
Galerie 1, 2nd Floor

LSU’s College of Agriculture and LSU AgCenter are inviting all to join them for a social during the annual Farm Bureau Convention. This is a great opportunity to visit with Dr. Bill Richardson, LSU’s V.P. of Agriculture & Dean of the College of Agriculture, alumni and friends of agriculture! You won’t want to miss out on this networking opportunity! 


Queen's Contest

Saturday, July 1 at 5:30pm
Carondelet, 3rd Floor

The ballroom fills with hairspray and gowns Saturday night. Young ladies selected by their parishes go through a series of interviews, modeling and an onstage — all vying for a chance to be named the next Louisiana Farm Bureau Queen. One lucky young lady will get the opportunity to travel the state of Louisiana and to the Nation’s Capitol serving as an ambassador and face for Louisiana Farm Bureau during her reign. 


Below are the professionals and experts speaking at this year's annual convention.

Kalena Bruce

Young Farmers & Ranchers Chair
American Farm Bureau Federation
YF&R Lunch (Closed event)


Karen Parrino

2017 AITC Elementary School Teacher of the Year
North Live Oak Elementary
AITC Workshop 

Lisa Owens

2017 High School Teacher of the Year
Homer High School
AITC Workshop

Brian Breaux

Associate Commodity Director
Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation
Labor/Environmental Conference

Kristen Oaks-White

Social Media Specialist
Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation
Social Media Workshop

Johnna Miller

Director of Media & Advocacy Training
American Farm Bureau Federation
Social Media Workshop


Dr. Courtney Gaine

President & CEO
U.S. Sugar Association
Sugar Commodity Conference

Dan Colacicco

President, CICCO Commodities, LLC & Consultant, American Sugar Alliance
Sugar Commodity Conference


Jim Simon

General Manager/Executive Staff Member
American Sugar Cane League
Sugar Commodity Conference

Dr. Steve Linscombe

Professor & Director
LSU AgCenter
Rice Commodity Conference


Betsy Ward

President & CEO
USA Rice
Rice Commodity Conference

Matt Wilburn

Professor in Food Animal Health Management
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Dairy Commodity Conference


Christine Navarre

School of Animal Sciences Professor
LSU AgCenter
Livestock Commodity Conference

Craig Brown

Vice-President of Producer Affairs
National Cotton Council
Cotton Commodity Conference

Greg Ferguson

Territory Agronomist
Cotton Commodity Conference

Mary Courtney

2016 Farm Mom of the Year
Women's Brunch (Closed event)


Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser

Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
Equine Commodity Conference

Achyut Adhikari

School of Nutrition & Food Sciences Assistant Professor
LSU AgCenter
Market Produce, Nurserymen, Pecans & Sweet Potatoes Commodity Conference

Mike Adams

American Pecan Council
Market Produce, Nurserymen, Pecans & Sweet Potatoes Commodity Conference

Roddric Bell

Jackson Regional Office Director
USDA Risk Management Agency
Soybean, Wheat and Feed Grain Commodity Conference

Randy Price

Assistant Profession
LSU AgCenter
Soybean, Wheat and Feed Grain Commodity Conference

Bill Owens

Professor & Resident Coordinator
LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station
Poultry Commodity Conference

Buck Vandersteen

Executive Director
Louisiana Forestry Association
Forestry Commodity Conference


YF&R Achievement Award Finalists

This year's finalists are the best young farmers Louisiana has to offer -- the Rumbaughs, Kents and Natachia Stelly. These three finalists all hope to be named the 2017 YF&R Achievement Award winner. The winner will receive a $40,000 credit a vehicle purchase of their choice, will compete at the 2018 American Farm Bureau convention in Nashville, TN and will receive other prizes.

Meet the 2017 YF&R Achievement Award Finalists

Natachia Stelly

TWILA's Kristen Oaks-White takes us to Vermillion Parish to meet our first finalist, Natachia Stelly.

Jacob & Kari Rumbaugh

Jacob & Kari Rumbaugh raise corn, wheat, soybeans and cattle on their farm in Caddo Parish. TWILA's Kristen Oaks-White explains why Jacob left a career in civil engineering to pursue his passion on the farm.

Russell & Amelia Kent

This week, we wrap up our series profiling each of the finalists for the 2017 Louisiana Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award. Our third finalists are Russell and Amelia Kent, representing Tangipahoa Parish. The Kents manage more than 300 head of commercial cattle, in addition to their 1,100 acre hay forage operation.

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Are you Louisiana Farm Proud?

We're kicking off a new campaign to showcase why we are proud of Louisiana farmers, and we need your help! Send us your videos and photos from the farm showing us why you're proud to be involved in Louisiana agriculture. You can share your farm proud moments on social media with the hashtag #LAfarmproud (but make sure your account is not set to private) or you can email them to us at:

Everyone who submits a photo or video will be entered in a chance to win one of our awesome prizes we're giving away at convention. You could go home with a new iPad, an Apple Watch, or a GoPro camera! So get snapping and show us why you're Louisiana Farm Proud!

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