Illinois Farm Bureau members and staff are packing their bags and preparing for the group's annual meeting on Dec. 1-4 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago. Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner has been confirmed as speaker during Sunday afternoon's general session.
IFB President Philip Nelson will give his annual meeting address on Sunday morning followed by a VIP luncheon and awards program.
A Sunday afternoon panel, including former USDA Secretary John Block, AFBF economist Terry Francl and General Manager of AgriVisor LLC Rob Huston, will discuss what farmers can expect in farm policy and commodity markets in 2008.
Economist Barry Asmus will give the keynote speech on "America 's Economic Future: The Six Unstoppable Trends."
Other weekend activities include live and silent auctions to benefit the IAA Foundation and Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom programs.
On Monday and Tuesday, IFB voting delegates will consider a number of proposed changes to the association's policy book. The meeting will wrap up with the election of the president and vice president as well as nine members of the IFB board of directors.
Delegates to the annual meeting will discuss policy resolutions, including proposed support for the national 25 by 25 initiative, which envisions ag and forestry sources providing 25% of U.S. energy by 2025, and recommendations for flood management on the Upper Mississippi River from the IFB Floodplain Study Group.