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
February 11, 2:00 pm ET
Why Representation and Accessibility
Matter in Agriculture Education
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
February 18, 3:30 pm ET
Opportunities for Climate-Focused Economic Development
in Rural Communities
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
Jenny Hopkinson, Senior Government Relations Representative, National Farmers Union
Saturday, Feb. 27Policy Committee available to delegates beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (details below under “Delegate Instructions”)
Monday, March 1Call 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)
Tuesday, March 2Reconvene at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Delegate training Presentations from the Policy Committee Policy Consideration and Adoption Adjourn Convention
Watching the convention on FacebookOnly 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.
RegistrationIf 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.
Delegate InstructionsZoom 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 join on his or her own separate device in order to properly tabulate votes; two delegates may not share a device.
- 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.
- 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 Policy ConsiderationOn 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).
- 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).
- 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.
- These comments must be submitted by 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, Feb. 25
- 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.
- 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!