FUSION, fun and friendships

by Joey Myers, NDFB Director of Organizational Development

Over one thousand farmers and ranchers from around the nation attended the American Farm Bureau FUSION Conference last weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The conference kicked off Friday evening with a socializing reception. The atmosphere was electric. Everyone was excited to see old friends and meet new ones.

North Dakota group at FUSION

NDFB had 30 members who flew to Milwaukee to learn more about igniting our county Farm Bureaus, building a personal brand, making the new tax law work for us and many other breakout sessions. The weekend was full of networking with farmers and ranchers in different areas of production and learning how to better ourselves.

We had three general sessions with motivational speakers – Jim Morris, Redmond Ramos and Paul Long. After listening to them share their stories, it motivated me to be better and do more in in my own daily life!

At this conference, AFBF hosts the national Collegiate Discussion Meet. The event had competitors from 36 states. Alyson Erickson of Ada, Minn. represented North Dakota. She competed in two rounds on Saturday and represented the state very well.

Trey limbo
Trey shows his limbo skills!

This conference is also full of fun memory-making activities, like a hula hoop contest and a limbo competition where our very own, Trey Fischbach made the final four! We also had the fun, loud table at the dueling piano’s on Saturday night and had the piano man singing about North Dakota by the end of the night!

On Monday, the conference wrapped up with ag tours around the state of Wisconsin. Our group visited breweries, aquaponics and dairies. It is always fun learning about ag industries that aren’t as prevalent in North Dakota.

Next year the conference will be in Louisville, Kentucky. I’m looking forward to that conference already!

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