Please attribute the following statement to Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Joe Bragger.
“After thoughtful consideration, the WFBF Board has made the decision to host the 2020 Wisconsin Farm Bureau Annual Meeting completely virtually. The meeting will now begin on Friday, December 4 and will conclude Saturday, December 5.
This is not a decision that was taken lightly as we know there are many members who look forward to the networking and learning opportunities that happen in-person at the WFBF Annual Meeting each year. We had many conversations with Farm Bureau leaders and consulted with other stakeholders, which ultimately made us realize that this is the best decision for our organization.
Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to start finalizing plans for our largest event of the year, we quickly realized that the best way to control all the variables is to host a virtual event.
During the coming weeks, WFBF staff will be working diligently to finalize the details of the virtual meeting and we are committed to communicating with our members about the changes and how they can participate. We are excited to embrace technology for this large which may result in additional attendees this year.
Policy development is one of the most important things our organization does each year and this year will be no different. Voting delegates will receive detailed information on how to participate in the policy development process.
WFBF is committed to making this new format a successful experience for all members. We ask our county Farm Bureau members to be flexible, open-minded and willing to ask questions along the way.”
Bragger was first elected to the WFBF Board of Directors in 2010 to represent District 4 which includes Buffalo, Trempealeau, La Crosse, Jackson, Monroe and Eau Claire counties. He was elected President of Wisconsin Farm Bureau in December of 2019. Bragger is a dairy and crop farmer from Independence.