(AFBF/SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, January 6, 2023) — The 2023 American Farm Bureau Convention is officially underway. The convention is being held Jan. 6-11 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a virtual option for portions of the event available.
Anchoring this year’s event is an outstanding lineup of keynote speakers. AFBF President Zippy Duvall will give his annual address to Farm Bureau members during the opening general session of the convention at 9:30 a.m. Atlantic Time on Sunday, Jan. 8. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will speak during the closing general session at 11:30 a.m. Atlantic Time on Monday, Jan. 9.
Other general session keynote speakers are sure to inspire, engage and entertain attendees. Renowned artist, songwriter and humanitarian Big Kenny Alphin will speak about his efforts to end hunger during the afternoon general session on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 4 p.m. Atlantic Time. Bert Jacobs, co-founder and Chief Executive Optimist of the $150 million lifestyle brand Life is Good®, will share a powerful message on why he has championed the same mission for more than 25 years—to spread the power of optimism—during the closing general session on Monday, Jan. 9, at 11:30 a.m. Atlantic Time.
Sixteen workshops will focus on advancements in agriculture and opportunities—such as a new farm bill—as well as challenges, like inflation and supply chain issues, facing farmers and ranchers in the coming year. Eight workshops will be available via the virtual convention platform.
Convention programming begins today at 10:00 a.m. Atlantic Time when the Ag Innovation Challenge semi-finalists participate in a live pitch competition. The winners of the Ag Innovation Challenge, Foundation Book of the Year and Farm Dog of the Year will all be announced during convention as well, along with numerous state Farm Bureau awards.
An opening news conference, featuring remarks from President Duvall, AFBF Executive Vice President Joby Young and several industry partners will be livestreamed to all media, not just those registered for convention, on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 11:30 a.m. Atlantic Time.
Registered media may also attend the AFBF Annual Meeting of Voting Delegates in-person on Tuesday, Jan. 10. A digital stream of the session will not be provided.
If you are unable to attend the 2023 American Farm Bureau Convention in-person, consider registering for the virtual event. Select workshops and sessions will be broadcast live, and recordings will be available for on-demand viewing on the convention virtual platform for 90 days following the conclusion of convention.
Learn more and view the full convention schedule on the 2023 American Farm Bureau Convention website.
American Farm Bureau Federation