The Utah Farm Bureau and the Dairy Council of Utah-Nevada are joining together at the 2018 FUSION Conference to offer powerful breakouts and the largest agriculture tradeshow in Utah. The meetings will take place January 26-27 at the Dixie Center in sunny St. George.
“This is one of the BIGGEST ag events of the year! If you work in agriculture, this event is for you,” said Ron Gibson, President of the Utah Farm Bureau. “It’s great to bring farmers and ranchers together from throughout agriculture. We’re happy to partner with the Dairy Council, bringing their additional ideas to the conference.”
“We are thrilled to combine our annual dairy convention with the FUSION conference this year. We are stronger together, and by bringing dairy farmers, sponsors and vendors together with the broader agricultural community, we are hoping for meaningful conversations and fruitful collaboration for the betterment of agriculture in our state,” said Jenn Harrison, CEO of the Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada.
Attendees will discover the latest innovative technologies on the tradeshow floor, gain stronger industry networks, and shop featured products. The two-day conference will include more than 20 breakout sessions on topics ranging from stress management, handling hard questions about agriculture, using technology to increase your bottom line, the power of partnerships, expanding our view of outreach, and how to build your own brand.
Keynote speakers include Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox and his wife Abby; U.S. Representative John Curtis; Camille Beckstrand of nationally-known bloggers The Six Sisters; Sarah Brown Dirkes, Director of External Relations for the American Farm Bureau; and Trace Sheehan, producer of the new food documentary, Food Evolution.
“I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of classes last year,” said Curtis Rowley, a fruit farmer from Utah County. “These classes were thought out and prepared for teaching working people.
The purpose of the conference is to bring farmers and ranchers together from around the state, and infuse them with tools and strategies to make them better advocates for agriculture. Those attending will are also invited to a special screening of the new documentary film Food Evolution, which is making headlines across the country. Meals at the conference are provided, and there will be great prize drawings as well.