Several state Farm Bureau organizations are stepping up their sponsorship at Sunbelt Expo.

This year, eight state Farm Bureau organizations from the Southeast will join longtime sponsors Southern States Cooperative and Swisher Sweets in sponsoring the Willie B. Withers luncheon for exhibitors Tuesday, Oct. 19, where the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award will be announced.  

Farm Bureau organizations from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky are working together as major sponsors of the luncheon.

Farm Bureau has a long tradition of support for and participation in the farm show. The Georgia Farm Bureau was an original exhibitor at the first Expo held in 1978, and has been back every year since.

“Several state Farm Bureau organizations have long been outstanding sponsors and coordinators of our Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year awards,” says Expo director Chip Blalock.
“These Farm Bureaus select the state winners of the awards from which the overall winners are named. We are honored to welcome these state organizations as sponsors for our luncheon honoring exhibitors and Farmer of the Year winners.”

Regarding the new partnership with state Farm Bureau organizations, Blalock says, “This will allow us to work together to continue to help educate farmers who come to our show.”

On a national level, the American Farm Bureau Federation is this country’s largest grassroots, independent, voluntary general farm organization, and has long been an effective lobbying force in speaking out for the needs of the nation’s commercial farmers.

Texas farmer Bob Stallman serves as president of the national organization. Farm Bureau traces its history to 1919, when farmers from 30 states gathered in Chicago to form the organization. American Farm Bureau currently has more than six million member families.

As American Farm Bureau works on the national level, the state Farm Bureau organizations work on the state level by providing an effective collective voice for farmers.