Farmers, ranchers and growers will focus on innovation and engagement when they converge on San Diego from Jan. 9-14, for the can’t-miss, re-imagined agricultural event of the new year – the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2015 Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show.
The AFBF Annual Convention, Jan. 9-14, will feature headline speakers, timely information and rock-solid strategies that farmers need to engage on the many public policy issues that affect their businesses, their quality of life and their rural communities. The latest in agricultural technology, equipment, programs and services will take the spotlight at the all-new, interactive IDEAg Trade Show, Jan. 9-11. Valley® Irrigation is the official agricultural irrigation sponsor of the IDEAg Trade Show.
“The new IDEAg Trade Show is a greatly expanded exhibition of all the tools and technology that are essential for farmers and ranchers to succeed in today’s efficient and productive agricultural environment,” said Raymond Bianchi, senior director, expositions and events for AFBF and IDEAg Group. “The IDEAg brand is truly premier in the farm show business. Adding this expertise to the AFBF Annual Convention offers farmers and ranchers a great opportunity to pack a lot of business into one dynamic event.”
The IDEAg Trade Show will feature cutting-edge technologies and products for America’s farmers and ranchers presented in a new format. Featured exhibitors will include Case IH, Dow Agroscience, DuPont Pioneer, General Motors, John Deere, Monsanto, Nationwide Insurance and Valley Irrigation. The show is divided into four focus areas:
- Innovate: focused on the latest technology;
- Invest: focused on the business of agriculture;
- Infrastructure: focused on the systems used in agriculture; and
- Engage: focused on state Farm Bureau’s and policy engagement.
The IDEAg show will include an on-site Cultivation Center with short programs that will engage attendees on the focus areas of the show. The show also will feature, on Jan. 10, the IDEAg Innovate Conference, which will spotlight topics such as managing agricultural big data, the use of drones for farming purposes, precision agriculture and Internet strategies for farmers and ranchers. That day’s events and all the exhibits will be open to all farmers, ranchers and agricultural professionals, not just Farm Bureau members.
Coupled with the trade show, AFBF’s Annual Convention, the 96th such gathering, is even more of an essential event for America’s farmers and ranchers. Speakers will include AFBF President Bob Stallman, Jay Leno, U.S. Navy SEAL Commander Rorke Denver and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The host city of San Diego will offer a welcome respite from the throes of winter.
For more information, visit ideaggroup.com/annual.