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Loos, Petersons to headline INFB convention

FORT WAYNE, IN -- Farm advocate Trent Loos and YouTube sensations the Peterson Farm Brothers will entertain and engage members during Indiana Farm Bureau’s state convention, Dec. 8-10 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne.

“Trent Loos and the Petersons are great examples of people who demonstrate our theme, ‘Find Your Voice,’” said Chris Fenner, INFB operations and event manager. “Trent produces radio programs for farm and rural listeners, and the Petersons reach farmers and non-farmers with their fun, informative social media efforts.”

A sixth-generation farmer who currently lives in Nebraska, Loos is the creator of “Loos Tales,” a radio show that reaches three million listeners on 100 stations in 19 states. “Loos Tales” is also the name of a column he writes for The High Plains Journal and other publications. Loos’ presentation is during the 1 p.m. general session on Friday, Dec. 9. That session also features awards for members and county Farm Bureaus.

The Peterson Farm Brothers are three brothers from Kansas who parody popular songs to talk about life on the farm. Several of their videos have millions of views on YouTube. The Petersons will entertain and speak during the general session on Saturday, Dec. 10, and provide a breakout session during the 9 a.m. slot that day.

Each county Farm Bureau will send representatives to the business meeting on Dec. 10, where they will elect Indiana Farm Bureau’s vice president for the next three years. The delegates also may discuss policy issues that have arisen since the main policy-setting delegate session in August.

Other convention highlights:

• The meeting officially kicks off with a Monte Carlo Night, expo (formerly known as the trade show) and silent auction preview on Thursday, Dec. 8.

• Breakout sessions will take place on Dec. 9 from 10-11 a.m. and 4-5 p.m., and on Dec. 10, from 9-10 a.m. Topics include the coming farm bill, changing dynamics of production farming, farm data concerns and the 2017 legislative session, among others.

• A Private Applicator Recertification Program session will be offered on Dec. 9 at 9 a.m.

• An extended breakout on estate planning will run from 3-5 p.m. on Dec. 9.

• An Indiana wine and cheese reception runs 5-6 p.m. on Dec. 9.

• INFB President Randy Kron will give his first president’s address during the general session on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. The finals for the Discussion Meet and recognition for the Hovde Award, Farm Family of the Year and Rural Teacher of the Year also take place during that session.

The convention sessions are free and open to anyone; there is a cost for meals, which must be purchased through the online registration system. Registration, articles on specific convention activities, the convention app and a complete schedule are available on the convention website,

Indiana Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization, with more than 73,000 farmer members and 185,000 associate members.

For more information, visit the website or call 317-692-7846.