Make Convention Hotel Reservations Before Jan. 18


Your National Farmers 20/20 Marketing Vision Convention is right around the corner, February 10-12. That means it’s time to make your hotel reservation, due before January 18. After that date, rates could go up.

The big event takes place in Minneapolis-Bloomington at the Hilton MSP Airport-Mall of America Hotel. Member rates are good for your stay anytime between February 7 and 15.

Attendee highlights include a member social Monday, February 10, the President’s Dessert Reception Tuesday, February 11 and the popular band, Passion, wraps up the event February 12.

At the 20/20 Marketing Vision winter meeting you will hear from USDA Midwest Climate Hub Director Dr. Dennis Todey, who will talk about the latest approaches farmers can use to alter farming practices and cope with changing climate patterns. Minnesota Farmers Union State President Gary Wertish will also speak to members on Monday, February 10.

On Tuesday morning, February 11, Dr. Harwood Schaffer, University of Tennessee, will address ag trade, including issues impactful to maximizing a positive outcome for the U.S. Patty Edelburg, national vice president of National Farmers Union, will take the stage in the afternoon and inform members about the latest policy actions her organization is prioritizing in agriculture. Edelberg is also a member of the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0.

Dr. John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agriculture and applied economics, University of Missouri-Columbia, will wrap the afternoon session and talk about farm and rural policy issues.

Wednesday is National Farmers’ election day for offices of national president and vice president. Commodity marketing presentations are also slated. In dairy, presenters will cover dairy policy and federal order reform, along with Always Family Farms. Livestock’s guest presenter, Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo, University of Minnesota Extension, will focus on dairy, dairy beef and native beef. He will examine feeding and nutrition practices for efficiency and nutrition innovations. Grain will look at the new marketing year ahead, and provide crop insurance updates.

Room rates are $130. The hotel cancellation policy is 24 hours before your reservation. Otherwise, you will be charged one night’s room rate plus tax. Guests enjoy free parking. Please take note: when you register online, the form will say there is a $10 per day parking fee. That will be waived for National Farmers guests at checkout.

Whether you are a dairy, livestock or grain producer, you will definitely want to make plans to attend your annual member meeting. Plus, 2020 is an election year, so make your voice be heard.

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