More than 500 National Farmers Union (NFU) members from across the country gathered in Savannah, Georgia from March 1-3 for the organization’s 118th Anniversary Convention. Over the course of the event, attendees engaged with industry experts, policymakers, thought leaders and fellow farmers on the issues that matter most to them, including farm economy, mental health, corporate consolidation in the agricultural sector, climate change and sustainability, and the success of the next generation of family farmers.
Keynote remarks were delivered by Matt Paul, a nationally recognized expert in public affairs, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. The convention also featured a panel on black land loss and voting rights with the Federation of Southern Cooperative’s executive director Cornelius Blanding and director of land retention and advocacy Monica Rainge, as well as Latrice Hill, national director of outreach for the Farm Service Agency. The panel was moderated by Karis Gutter, who leads government and industry affairs for Corteva Agriscience.
Additionally, convention attendees had their choice of half a dozen informational breakout sessions on precision agriculture, the history of grassroots organizing, regenerative farming, crop insurance farm to table, and hemp production.
Additionally, the delegates passed six special orders of business on the farm economy, the 2020 election, cooperatives, dairy reform, climate change, and truth in labeling. Read the full text of those special orders here.
Find more photos from the convention here.