Nearly 20 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership and Young Farmers and Ranchers members attended the American Farm Bureau FUSION Conference March 3-6 in Jacksonville, FL.
The conference brought together more than 900 Farm Bureau members from three AFBF program areas – WLC, YF&R and Program & Education.
Members at the event heard from various keynote speakers including motivational speaker and American Ninja Warrior Alex Weber, shared tools for members to become the best leaders in the organization; AFBF President Zippy Duvall, reminded members of the importance of being involved in every aspect of the organization – especially the grassroots policy process; and ESPN sports broadcaster Lauren Sisler, who offered her story of overcoming obstacles to become an award-winning reporter.
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College student Taylor Fent competed in the AFBF Collegiate Discussion meet, where 33 students from across the country replicated a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant to come to an answer or solution.
Breakout session topics included leadership development, how to cultivate business relationships within a community, mental health, tax issues, the 2023 farm bill and much more. Members toured local farms, ranches and businesses to gain perspective on agriculture in Florida.