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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.