Former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley will deliver the keynote address to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 90th annual convention set for Jan. 11-14, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas.

“Bill Bradley is a respected bipartisan statesman who is well known for his ability to bring people together to solve problems,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman, a Columbus, Texas rice and cattle producer. “Senator Bradley’s comments will be particularly well suited for Farm Bureau’s annual convention in January because a new president and a new Congress will be coming into office. He will provide valuable insights on what the new president must do to achieve public policy success.”

In his presentations, Bradley explores the complex state of politics today, shedding light on foreign and domestic policy, the economy, the role of the United States in a global society, and the ever-changing face of America.

Bradley, a Democrat, represented New Jersey in the U.S. Senate from 1979 to 1997. He currently is managing director of Allen & Company LLC. In 2000, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president.

Prior to serving in the Senate, he was an Olympic gold medalist in 1964 and a professional basketball player with the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1977 during which time they won two National Basketball Association championships. In 1982, Bradley was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

More than 5,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation will gather in San Antonio to learn more about the forces shaping agriculture today and participate in a grassroots policy setting process that will guide Farm Bureau through 2009.

“Farm Bureau members will certainly enjoy being in San Antonio in January with the historic River Walk and world renowned Tejano culture,” Stallman said. “I particularly look forward to welcoming my Farm Bureau friends from across the country to my home state of Texas.”

The convention begins Sunday morning, Jan. 11 with the opening presidential address by Stallman. The annual Young Farmer and Rancher competitions, scheduled for Jan. 11 and Monday, Jan. 12, are just one of the highlights on the agenda. Another important feature on Sunday is the annual Farm Bureau Women’s luncheon and business session, which is open to all women attendees, as well as delegates to the Farm Bureau’s Women’s Business session. Advanced tickets are required to attend.

Farm Bureau members can register for the 90th AFBF convention through their state Farm Bureaus.