The rumors are true: National Farmers Union's 119th Anniversary Convention was held virtually!

In addition to being hosted online, the event was structured a bit differently than it has been in years past. Instead of holding all the educational events, panel discussions, breakout discussions, and policy deliberation within a few days, we split everything up into several separate sessions over the month.

We would like to thank everyone who helped make this event possible and we extend our thanks to our 2021 partners.


Live & Recorded Remarks
Tom Vilsack

United States Secretary of Agriculture

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Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee

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David Scott (D-GA)

House Agriculture Committee Chairman

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Glenn Thompson (R-PA)

House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member

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John Boozman (R-AR)

Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member

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2021 Milt Hakel Agriculture Communications Award

Awarded to farm broadcaster Don Wick

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Vice President's Report

Vice President Patty Edelburg, National Farmers Union

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2021 Membership Awards

Presented by Vice President Patty Edelburg, National Farmers Union

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2021 State of the Farmers Union

President Rob Larew, National Farmers Union

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2021 Convention Playlist

Browse all 2021 Virtual Convention clips and sessions.

BROWSE PLAYLIST


Past Convention Webinars
January 28, 2 pm ET
Growing Cooperative Enterprise

Erbin Crowell, Neighboring Food Co-op Association

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February 4, 2:00 pm ET
Supporting Wellbeing in
Agricultural Communities

Speakers:
Ruby Brown-Herring, RBH Wellness Solutions, LLC
Dr. Michael Rosmann, Ag Behavioral Health
Dr. JC Carrica, Southeast Health Group

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WEBINAR POWERPOINT 

WEBINAR RESOURCES 

February 4, 8:00 pm ET
Virtual Film Screening: Minari
followed by discussion on immigrant farmer issues

Speakers:
Jorge Mazruca, Whitemarz Farm
Mohammed Hannah, Hannah Agro Farms

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February 11, 2:00 pm ET
Why Representation and Accessibility
Matter in Agriculture Education

Speakers:
Kelsey Duchenaux, Project H3lp
Nathan Harkleroad and Erendira Saenz, Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA)
Elizabeth Myles, Alcorn State University
Randy Savvy, the Compton Cowboys

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February 11, 3:30 pm ET
Important Considerations for Succession Planning

Speakers:
American Farmland Trust

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WEBINAR RESOURCES 


February 18, 2:00 pm ET
Come, Let Us Reason Together:
Stories of Farmers Union Conventions

Speakers:
Tom Giessel, National Farmers Union's Honorary Historian
Cathy Statz, Wisconsin Farmers Union Education Director

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WEBINAR RESOURCES 

February 18, 3:30 pm ET
Opportunities for Climate-Focused Economic Development
in Rural Communities

Speakers:
Tina May, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Rural Services, Land O’Lakes
Lee Strom, Partner, Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund
Curtis Wynn, President, National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, and President & CEO, Roanoke Electric Cooperative

Moderator:
Jenny Hopkinson, Senior Government Relations Representative, National Farmers Union

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February 26, 12:00 pm ET
Enhancing Competition
and Resiliency in Livestock Markets

Speakers:
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME)

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February 26, 3:30 pm ET
The Role of Biofuels in a
New Congress and Administration

Speakers:
Rob Walther, Vice President Federal Advocacy, Poet
Doug Sombke, President South Dakota Farmers Union

Moderator:
Anne Steckel, Senior Advisor, National Farmers Union

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SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS
Family Farming and Moving Forward From COVID-19

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Family Farming and Climate Change

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Family Farming and Biofuels

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Family Farming and Issues Facing the Livestock and Dairy Industries

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2021 Convention Schedule
Saturday, Feb. 27
Policy Committee available to delegates beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (details below under “Delegate Instructions”)
Monday, March 1
Call to order/opening of convention, 10:00 a.m. Eastern Presentation of any proposed bylaw changes Presentation of convention rules & credentials Presentation of reports from NFU Secretary & Treasurer Invited speakers:
  • President Joe Biden
  • Agriculture Secretary-Nominee Tom Vilsack
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Senator John Boozman (R-AR)
  • Representative David Scott (D-GA)
  • Representative Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
State of the Farmers Union Address Conclude at approximately 2:30 p.m. Eastern
Tuesday, March 2
Reconvene at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Delegate training Presentations from the Policy Committee Policy Consideration and Adoption Adjourn Convention
Watching the convention on Facebook
Only registered delegates may participate in the business of the convention, but other members and friends of Farmers Union may watch the proceedings live on Facebook.
Registration
If you are a delegate to the NFU Convention, your state Farmers Union will register you through their delegate certification Once a state Farmers Union has submitted its delegate certification, NFU staff will register delegates, who will each receive a personalized invitation for the meeting. 
  • Delegates will be required to have a functional email address in order to be properly registered and participate in the virtual convention format. 
  • There will be no registration fee for delegates this year.
Should any certified delegates need to be replaced by a certified alternate, that change must be submitted no later than noon on Monday, March 1. 
Delegate Instructions 
Zoom is the platform that will be used to conduct the convention. 
  • Each delegate will receive an email with a link and instructions to join the convention once their state Farmers Union has registered them.  Please do not share this link.
Each delegate will be required to have a computer or smartphone and broadband internet access. 
  • Each delegate will be required to join on his or her own separate device in order to properly tabulate votes; two delegates may not share a device.
Delegates should join the proceedings at the start of the convention on Monday, March 1 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. After a recess overnight, delegates should once again join the convention proceedings on Tuesday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. Debate on any policy questions will be conducted via Zoom (more details below under “NFU Policy Consideration”). 
  • Delegates are required to have audio access via a computer or smartphone. 
  • The default setting is that delegates will be “muted” until recognized by the Chair. 
  • In order to speak on a particular motion, delegates will express their desire to be heard in the Zoom Q & A application and will be heard in the order of their request.
  • Delegates using the Zoom Chat application will be directed to use the Q & A application for any formal discussion or debate.
The voting will rely on two principal mechanisms.  For “one-delegate-one-vote” voting, Zoom polling will replace voice votes or the clickers which were used in past conventions. 
  • If any weighted votes that are called, we will rely on a third-party application that has the ability to calculate each delegate’s weight. This will require delegates to have access to their individual email accounts during the convention.  
NFU will have multiple staff members monitoring the Zoom platform during the convention to ensure that every delegate who wishes to speak has the opportunity to do so.
NFU Policy Consideration
On March 2, the 2020 NFU Policy Document [Insert link to 2020 Policy] will be brought before the delegates to be considered as a single motion. 
  • No amendments will be considered from the floor (but debate will be ruled in order).
New policy initiatives will be considered through special orders of business and must be submitted to the Policy Committee in advance. 
  • The Policy Committee will recommend no more than five (5) special orders for consideration that will not be amended from the floor (but debate will be ruled in order).
The Policy Committee will meet on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm Eastern, to consider recommendations from NFU convention delegates related to special orders of business. 
  • Updated draft special orders of business prepared by the Policy Committee will be shared with delegates and state staff after delegate registration closes on Feb. 19.  
Each state division may submit written comments (please limit to no more than two pages per special order) about the draft special orders of business. 
  • These comments must be submitted by 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, Feb. 25 
State divisions that have submitted comments may each choose one delegate to present to the Policy Committee during the Feb. 27 meeting. 
  • Since the Policy Committee will review the proposals prior to the meeting, Delegates should use their time with the committee to answer questions. 
  • State divisions will be asked to sign up for the five-minute timeslot in advance.

Why Attend


  • Debate and adoption of the 2021 NFU Policy Book.
  • Breakout sessions and top speakers on farm policy, innovation and community.
  • NFU Foundation Fundraiser - in support of the future of family agriculture.
  • President Rob Larew's State of the Farmers Union.
  • Celebration of those who have given much to American family farm agriculture and Farmers Union.
  • Singing, entertainment, and goodwill!

Thank you to our 2021 Partners!







Please contact Aaron Shier at [email protected] for more information.

Future Conventions


Feb. 27 - March 1, 2022 ~ Denver, Colorado ~ Grand Hyatt Denver