Clay County Farm Bureau members attended the 89th annual Indiana Farm Bureau state convention recently, which took place in Evansville.
"The annual convention is our opportunity to get our members together to share ideas and learn from the many speakers," Director of Organizational Development for IFB Kim Vail said. "Holding the convention in Evansville is also giving us the opportunity to be in the backyards of members we might not see when the convention is held in Indianapolis."
The convention took place Dec. 4-6. Most convention activities took place at The Centre in downtown Evansville, with a few at the nearby Executive Inn.
Keynote speakers included economist Jeff Thredgold on Thursday, Dec. 4, Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard on the morning of Friday, Dec. 5, and farm broadcaster Orion Samuelson on Saturday, Dec. 6. Award-winning entertainer Sandi Patty performed her Christmas program the evening of Dec. 5.
Several new activities were added to the convention, including bus tours of Newburgh and the Port of Indiana at Mt. Vernon.
Topics included the Interstate-69 extension, farmland assessment, choosing the right HVAC system for a home, a review of the 2008 election and using new media, among others.
At the convention, Clay County's Farm Bureau was awarded for activities, including numerous policy developments, third house meetings and statehouse visits, engagement with the county budget preparation and school building project and candidate endorsements in the 2008 election cycle.
In addition, Clay County Farm Bureau member Marvin Schopmeyer received a plaque for enrolling 14 new members this year.
The convention will move to Fort Wayne in 2009.