Fusion Conference unites & inspires FB members

Seventeen Oregon Farm Bureau members had a great time at the first-ever American Farm Bureau Fusion Conference, held Feb. 13-16 in Nashville.

The conference was geared toward members involved with the Young Farmers & Ranchers, Women’s Leadership, and Promotion & Education committees. Over 1,300 ag producers from across the country met to hear from exceptional speakers and attend presentations about advocacy, leadership, communication, education, business, rural development, technology, and collegiate opportunities.

See photos from event.

“The variety and quality of the break-out sessions was excellent,” said Mickey Killingsworth, chair of the OFB Women’s Advisory Council.

“For me, the best part of Fusion was the opportunity to network with other young farmers,” said Jason Flowers, who serves on the national AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, as well as on Oregon’s YF&R.

There was something for everyone in this action-packed conference, including a grand finale event at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville, featuring country music and dancing. The next Fusion conference is scheduled for 2017.

Thank you to the Farm Bureau members who made the trip to Nashville to hone their skills as effective grassroots “agvocates” – and who were good sports with canceled flights and extended stays due to severe winter weather.

Members at Fusion from the OFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee: chair Kathy Hadley, AFBF YF&R rep Jason Flowers, Troy Hadley, Victoria Webb, Katie Glaser, Mary Flegel, Catherine Kiyokawa, Anne Krahmer, Matt Battilega, Bryan Schmidt, and OFB staff Dennis Myhrum.

From OFB Women’s Advisory Council: chair Mickey Killingsworth, vice chair Tess Cersovski, Kim Leuthold, Louise Isbell, and OFB’s Anne Marie Moss

From OFB Ag Education Committee: Larry Duyck