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Steen Appointed General Counsel for AFBF and Affiliates

Ellen Steen will serve as general counsel of the American Farm Bureau Federation and its affiliate companies, including the American Agricultural Insurance Company (AAIC) and American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS), effective July 1. Steen has been engaged in private practice in Washington, D.C., since 1991 and has been a partner with Crowell & Moring LLP since 2003. She previously served as external counsel for AFBF on water quality issues, which included representing Farm Bureau in litigation concerning the scope of federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction and permit requirements.

Steen is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court and most federal appellate courts. She earned her law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, N.C., and her bachelor’s degree from Tulane University, Newcomb College in New Orleans, La. She hails from central Mississippi and assists in managing the family tree farm in Simpson County.

Farm Bureau Elects Grassroots Leaders

At the Delegate Session of the recent AFBF Annual Meeting, current President Bob Stallman was re-elected as AFBF president for a sixth two-year term. He is a cattle and rice producer from Columbus, Texas, and previously served as Texas Farm Bureau president.

In addition, Barry Bushue was re-elected to a second two-year term as AFBF vice president. Bushue is a berry and nursery plant producer from Boring, Ore., and also serves as Oregon Farm Bureau president. Both re-elections were unanimous.

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Climate Bill and Federal Deficit Top Concern Among Delegates

Delegates at the 91st American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting voted to oppose cap-and-trade climate legislation and to support balancing the federal budget over the next eight years.


The delegates approved a special resolution stating that cap-and-trade legislation would raise farmers’ and ranchers’ production costs, and the potential benefits of agricultural offsets are far outweighed by the costs to producers. Due to these and other concerns, the delegates strongly opposed “cap and trade proposals before Congress” and supported “any legislative action that would suspend EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.”

“As Congress returns to the issue of cap-and-trade this year, the message of Farm Bureau will continue to be: ‘Don’t Cap Our Future’ agricultural productivity and food security,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “We will now send that message even more strongly.”

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Farm Bureau Delegates Send Strong Climate Message

AFBF President Stallman presides over the 2010 Delegate Session

Farm and ranch delegates at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting today unanimously approved a special resolution to strongly oppose “cap and trade proposals before Congress” and strongly support “any legislative action that would suspend (the Environmental Protection Agency’s) authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.”

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Outlook on 2010: Bullish But Cautious

Various crop, animal ag, legislative and financial outlooks at the 2010 AFBF Annual Meeting can be summed up as optimistic but cautious.

Members had several conferences over the three day meeting, all of which provided outlooks on 2010. Crops, livestock and even legislative and regulatory forecasts were given to members to help them plan for the coming year.

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Bartee a Tough Competitor

Deanna interviews with farm broadcaster Greg Akagi after the Sweet 16 round.

CFB’s Deanna Bartee made it to the Sweet 16 round of the AFBF YR&R Discussion Meet before being eliminated on Monday.
 Bartee made an excellent showing in the first three rounds of the meet and did an excellent job acting as the face of CFB YF&R.

AFBF Women’s Luncheon

The women of the Colorado delegation.

 The women of AFBF gathered Sunday for the Women’s Leadership Recognition Luncheon. AFBF President Stallman was in attendance. He commended the attendees on taking the first steps toward leadership roles and urged them to continue on their paths.

AFBF President Stallman models his paink ballcap.

Each state was recognized for their work in 2009. Colorado’s Angela Ryden accepted an award for Colorado’s Women’s Committee and the committee was recognized for their stellar fundraising during the silent auction at the State Annual meeting. Vice Chair Sherry Saylor was appreciative of the committee’s auctioning of Troy Bredenkamp, the Executive Workhorse.

Ron Nereson and Charles Ryden show that they are tough guys in pink.

All attendees were presented with pink Farm Bureau ballcaps to present to legislators in their home states and a photo was taken of all attendees showing their support by holding up the pink ballcaps in support of the Don’t Cap Our Future campaign.

Farm Bureau Takes Off the Gloves

As the 2010 AFBF Annual Meeting moves along, a common thread has emerged in many of the workshops, press conferences, and speeches. It was echoed by President Stallman, Farm Bureau staff and state Farm Bureau members.  The message is simple:

The gloves are coming off.

In his address to the General Session, President Stallman made it clear that Farm Bureau would no longer play nicely with those who seek to denigrate our industry with wild claims and emotionally charged labels.

“A line must be drawn between our polite and respectful engagement with consumers, and how we must aggressively respond to extremists who want to drag agriculture back to the days of 40 acres and a mule,” said Stallman. “The time has come to face our opponents with a new attitude. The days of their elitist power grabs are over.”

Speaking later that day, Stallman reaffirmed this new and aggressive position saying that there has never been a more critical time to fight back against those who would hurt such an important industry as agriculture. At a time of economic trouble there are those who wish to weaken and change the industry for their own personal desires. That cannot be allowed to happen.

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Stallman Addresses Farm Bureau Members

The 2010 AFBF Annual Meeting kicked off this morning with an excellent speech from AFBF President Bob Stallman. In his remarks, President Stallman outlined the significant challenges that Ag will face in the coming year, chief among them: Cap and Trade, anti-ag activists and a ballooning federal deficit.

Watch the video of the speech here.

Mr. Stallman again called on members to do all they can to fight Cap and Trade legislation, noting that the measure will dramatically reduce the level of food production in the United States and have no measurable impact on climate change.

“To throttle back the ability of our farmers and ranchers to produce food at this time would be a moral failure,” he said.

President Stallman and President Foutz greet eachother at the General Session

According to Stallman Ag faces serious threats from “self-appointed experts” and other anti-ag activists who are trying to drive a wedge between various methods of production. He noted that Farm Bureau represents all manner of production be it organic, or conventional and that a “successful American agriculture will require continued diversity and innovation.”

He told assembled members and guests that “Together, we hold in trust the future of our industry ; and through our involvement, we will succeed.”

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AFBF2010- Sunday

Read the Sunday edition of The Seattle American newsletter for a briefing on whats happening on opening day of the AFBF Annual Meeting. Click here for the pdf version.

AFBF Annual Meeting on The Pulse

The Pulse will be bringing you all the action from this year’s AFBF Annual Meeting in Seattle. Multiple contributors will be covering the event both on The Pulse and on Twitter.

A new category called AFBF2010 has been set up. All updates from the meeting will be tagged with this category. It can be found by clicking on AFBF2010 in the Categories box in the right hand column.

For those members who use Twitter, a list of people who will be tweeting from the meeting is available here. Colorado Farm Bureau members and staff included in the list are as follows:

@agripundit– Shawn Martini

@ChuckColo– Chad Vorthmann

@rcvermillion– Rachel Vermillion

Follow all the action at the 2010 American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, right here on The Pulse!

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