Join Us

Listen to a message from IFB President Richard Guebert Jr.

inviting you to this year's meeting:

Pack your bags or turn up the volume for the 2021 IAA Annual Meeting. Thanks to this year’s hybrid format, you can visit with us in-person at the Palmer House in Chicago or attend the event virtually from the comfort of your home – or wherever you are!

The event is open to all Illinois Farm Bureau members. To register, contact your county Farm Bureau office and let them know whether you’ll attend in-person or online. 

All delegates and alternates for the Delegate Session must attend the meeting in person.

Registrations are due by November 1.

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President Richard GuebertIt’s been almost two years since we last gathered for an IAA Annual Meeting in Chicago and a lot has happened in that time. We’ve learned to support one another in new ways, using tools like technology to get through the tough times. While last year’s virtual meeting allowed us to move forward with changes to Illinois Farm Bureau policy, we missed out on comradery with members across the state and other activities. 

We are excited to use the lessons we’ve learned over the last couple of years to make this year’s Annual Meeting better than ever. The 2021 event will include a combination of in-person and virtual sessions, allowing more members to engage, however it works best for you and your family. 

Our theme for this year’s event is “Tradition and Transition.” Whether you’re planning to visit the Palmer House or attend online sessions, I encourage you to keep those words in mind as we create new memories. Please remember to sign up to attend through your county Farm Bureau. I hope to see you all there!

- Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr.


Celebrate our members 

Illinois Farm Bureau members have had an active year. And they’re not finished yet. Join us for activities that recognize their efforts by: 

  • Watching our Young Leaders compete in the Discussion Meet. 
  • Attending the county Farm Bureau and Young Leader award programs.  
  • Networking at the Young Leader mixer or Professional Member reception.  

Develop IFB policy 
After last year’s virtual Delegate Session, we are excited to welcome members back to the Palmer House for a more traditional, in-person voting experience. As delegates discuss IFB policy, we’ll also live stream the debate for audiences to watch online. 

Support agriculture education
Place your bid on an item at the IAA Foundation’s annual live and online auctions to help support Ag literacy efforts across the state. Members at the Palmer House can attend the live auction on Sunday afternoon, while those tuning in online can bid for online auction items. 

Learn from industry leaders
We’ve got a strong lineup of virtual speaker sessions focused on financial planning, market analysis, governmental affairs and more. Guest speaker Cheryl Mitchell, a Champaign County Farm Bureau member, will also talk about the importance of mental health in agriculture. And American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall will share his thoughts on the resiliency of farmers and ranchers. 



Q: If my IFB membership has lapsed can I still attend the event? 
A: Only individuals with current memberships can attend this year’s event. That includes both in-person and virtual sessions. 

Q: What COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place at Annual Meeting? 
A: We will be following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most updated COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, including any mask  and social distancing mandates in effect, throughout the event.

Q: With restaurant closures in Chicago, where can attendees get meals?
A: While some of the restaurants IFB members typically visit during Annual Meeting are closed, several are still open. New this year, we’ll also be providing catered meals at the hotel for all attendees. Participants should indicate which meals they’ll need when registering for the event. 

Q: When will the Annual Meeting website go live and how do I access it? 
A: The event microsite will open Friday, Nov. 12. Registered attendees will receive emailed access instructions and a link to the site. 


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AuctionThe IAA Foundation is hosting an Online & Live Auction to benefit Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom. The Online Auction will run December 3 to December 6 atOnline Auction 1:15pm, and the Live Auction will take place in Chicago on Sunday, December 5.

Auction donations are currently being accepted until November 1. We encourage mindful donations that will ship well to the winning bidder while still infusing hand-crafted items, local goods, farm collectibles, sports memorabilia, and items that make great Christmas gifts into the auction.

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