John Collison Feels An Air of Excitement in Orlando as the American Farm Bureau Meets to Elect New Leadership in 2016Sun, 10 Jan 2016 10:40:39
In spite of a sharp drop in farm income this past year, the farmers and ranchers gathered in Orlando for the 2016 American Farm Bureau Convention have brought a lot of enthusiasm with them to the meetings- and the Vice President for Governmental Affairs for Oklahoma Farm Bureau, John Collison, says it's all about 2016 turning out to be a Preisdential election year for the organization. Collison tells Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays that "we havn't seen a presidential election for sixteen years...and if you have been around Farm Bureau for fifteen years- you have never been through this process before." Collison is making reference to the fact that current AFBF President Bob Stallman has decided not to run for another term as President of the organization- and that has thrown the race open for four candidates- the current Farm Bureau State Presidents from Arizona, Georgia, Indiana and Oregon have all thrown their hat into the ring.
And, as reported this past week on the Oklahoma Farm Report, Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan has announced his candidancy for national Vice President for AFBF- he is one of four state Farm Bureau Presidents seeking that number two post- with the current Vice President, Barry Beshue of Oregon, running for President. Buchanan told Hays Saturday evening that he is encouraged from the feedback he is getting from delegates around the country about his desire to be the AFBF National Vice President.
Hays and Collison talk about the election politics- at both the Farm Bureau level as well as at the national level- and talk about the policy making process that delegates will deal with this coming Tuesday. You can hear their conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
Hays will be covering the 2016 AFBF Convention over the next few days- look for his stories on our website and in our daily email as well.
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