The American Farm Bureau Federation held its Annual Convention & Trade Show on January 17 – 22, 2020 in Austin, TX. The theme of the 101st Annual Convention, which was held at the Austin Convention Center, was “Sustaining America’s Agriculture.” Workshops focused on steps farmers and ranchers can take to enhance soil health and improve water quality and others featured precision agriculture technology’s role in helping with labor shortages; increasing competition; mitigating risk and protecting food safety. Sonoma County Farm Bureau First Vice President Jennifer Beretta traveled to Texas to attend.
Beretta said that one of the best parts about attending the Convention was the opportunity to listen to President Trump speak, which is an experience she won’t soon forget. President Trump addressed the convention on Sunday, January 19, for the third year in a row, at the Farm Bureau’s largest annual gathering
Beretta said that in addition to attending general sessions that she went to a breakout session about sustainability, where she learned about how cattle and pork producers are using the buzzword “sustainable” in their marketing efforts. She said that she enjoyed meeting other farmers and ranchers from across the United States and that she made new connections with California Farm Bureau Federation staff, Young Farmers & Ranchers members from other states, and with other state representatives.
She said that attending the AFBF Convention broadened her understanding of what AFBF does for its members.
“We learned from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue about the strong presence and power that the American Farm Bureau Federation has in Washington, D.C. and the strong impact that AFBF has had this year, especially with trade,” Beretta said. “It was an honor to attend the AFBF Annual Convention and I hope to share what I learned with Farm Bureau members at home in Sonoma County.”