TOP STORY, Dec. 1, 2015
MFB to host 100th annual meeting Dec. 6-8
OCEAN CITY, Md. — The Maryland Farm Bureau will hold its 100th annual meeting from Dec. 6-8, at The Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City for state and county Farm Bureau members and directors.
The three-day Centennial Convention will feature presentations, awards, elections and discussions to educate and update members on MFB activity and the agricultural industry.
MFB President Chuck Fry, Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan, Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder, UMD College of AGNR Dean Dr. Craig Beyrouty and Miss Maryland Agriculture Jenell Eck are among the scheduled speakers.
Trent Loos of Rural Route Radio will give the keynote address.
The 100th Convention will also host the annual meetings for the Women’s Leadership and Young Farmers committees.
“We are looking forward to gathering with our members and delegates to celebrate the success of Maryland Farm Bureau’s last 100 years and plan for the next 100 years,” said Chuck Fry, President of Maryland Farm Bureau.
The annual meeting will also feature two rounds of breakout sessions on Monday that include:
• African safari photos by Edwin Remsberg of Remsberg Inc.;
• Commodity outlook by Dr. Bob Young of American Farm Bureau Federation;
• “Energy & Agriculture – Working Together to Keep the Lights On:” A panel discussion featuring Bob Behlke of Choptank Electric Cooperative, Dean Fisher of Maryland Energy Administration, Mike Phillips of Perdue Farms and Mike Boerman of Coldspring Farms;
• Wildlife management: Tools to Reducing Crop Damage: A panel discussion featuring Pete Jayne and Bill Harvey of Maryland Department of Natural Resources and John Sanwo of Happy Hunts;
• MDA Ag Marketing and Development: A panel discussion featuring MDA marketing staff members Mark Powell, Shelby Watson Hampton, Stone Slade and Steven Connelly; and
• “My Farm is Under Water: Examining Aquaculture in Maryland:” A panel discussion featuring Dr. Reggie Harrell, Don Webster and Matt Parker of University of Maryland and Dr. Suzanne Bricker of NOAA.
To commemorate this significant milestone, MFB created a mobile app for our organization and convention with more details on sessions, speaker bios, exhibitors and sponsors. Download the free app on a smartphone or tablet by searching “Maryland Farm Bureau” in iTunes and Google Play stores or by going to https://crowd.cc/mfb100.
A live auction will be held on Monday night to benefit the MFB Scholarship Fund.
There will be 23 items, one donated from each MFB member county and bidding for the right to name the East wing Conference room in MFB’s new Davidsonville office.
MFB will present several awards at the convention, including the 2015 Top Nationwide Agents, Top Farm Agency, MFB Counties that made membership goals, Distinguished Service to Maryland Farm Bureau, and Young Farmer Achievement and Excellence in Agriculture.
The Young Farmers of MFB will compete in a Discussion Meet with interviews and presentations during the convention.
Winners of the Young Farmers Competitions will go on to compete at the national level in Orlando in January of 2016.
“The Centennial Convention will be a great time for collaboration as our members pass new policies for 2016,” said Fry. “We will hold District Farm Bureau Caucus meetings and announce the 2016 MFB Board of Directors; a lot of exciting development for our organization.”