WASHINGTON – The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) announced on Oct. 15 that its annual convention, which was scheduled to be held in San Diego on Jan. 31, 2021, will be held online only. The new date for the virtual convention will be Jan. 10-13, 2021.

“Our top priority at every Farm Bureau gathering is the safety of our attendees and staff,” said Zippy Duvall president of AFBF. “While we are saddened to not meet in person for this convention, we are eager to bring this event safely to farm and ranch homes across the country and excited to offer the same top-level content our members have come to expect from our in-person events.”

AFBF said the convention plans to feature farmers, ranchers and industry experts on topics like the impact of COVID-19 along with the future of the supply chain and sustainability. The online convention will be free to all attendees.

“Our convention theme this year is ‘Stronger Together,’” Duvall said. “I can think of nothing more fitting to spotlight how the agriculture community has come together to keep growing the products our nation depends on while supporting our friends and neighbors throughout this public health crisis.”

Other parts of the event include the Ag Innovation Challenge and YF&R competitions to the Ag Foundation Book of the Year and the Farm Dog of the Year.

Registration for the event will be available later in 2020.