The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization representing farmers, ranchers and rural residents. We are a private, non-profit, non-governmental agency established in 1922 to bring a voice to agricultural issues. Join us for our annual meeting! 

91st Annual Meeting Coverage

Thank you for joining us for our 91st Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Check out the photos we took and download your favorites for free! Miss any of the event activities? See event videos and stories below.

FOR THE LOVE OF AGRICULTURE: Farming and ranching is not an easy job. Everyday farmers face challenges from Mother Nature and the markets to putting food on our tables and clothes on our backs. The only reason they do this is for the love they have of agriculture. And this is their story...

MEET OUR NEW QUEEN: View the crowning of 2013-14 Louisiana Farm Bureau Queen Kaylee Jarrell of St. Tammany Parish.

MEET THE KIRBY FAMILY: TWILA TV's Kristen Oaks introduces us to the Kirby family, cotton, corn and soybean producers from Belcher, LA and the winners of the 2013 Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award. 

CONVENTION AWARDS: See who took home awards from convention.

Convention News

Anderson Begins 25th Term as Louisiana Farm Bureau President 
Story by Farm Bureau News Staff Reports—June 30, 2013
NEW ORLEANS—Ronnie Anderson, a beef cattle producer and forage grower from Ethel, La., has been reelected president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation. 

Ag Commissioner Strain Will Stay Put; Won’t Run for Governor
Story by Farm Bureau News Staff Reports—June 28, 2013
NEW ORLEANS—Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain chose the state’s largest annual showcase of agriculture to announce he won’t run for governor.

Avoyelles Farm Bureau Wins President’s Trophy, Belcher Couple Named Top Young Farmers
Story by Farm Bureau News Staff Reports—June 28, 2013
NEW ORLEANS—The Avoyelles Parish Farm Bureau was awarded the coveted President’s Trophy by the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation at the organization’s 91st annual meeting here.

Kaylee Jarrell Crowned Miss Farm Bureau for 2013
Story by Margaret A. Lisi, Farm Bureau News S
taff Writer—June 30, 2013
She already looked like a princess and by the end of the evening Kaylee Jarrell, of St. Tammany Parish, had a crown too.

Lafourche Teen Wows Audience with ‘Les Mis’ Talent Win
Story by Margaret A. Lisi, Farm Bureau News St
aff Writer—June 29, 2013
Les Miserables was anything but a sad story for Madison Leigh Barrios, 16, who won the Louisiana Farm Bureau Talent Contest with her emotional rendition of “I Had a Dream.”

Sabine Cattle Producer Says Regulations as Bad as Droughts, Hurricanes
Story by Margaret A. Lisi, Farm Bureau News Staff Writer—June 28, 2013
NEW ORLEANS—A Sabine Parish cattle producer said while farming and ranching have never been professions for the faint of heart, increased federal regulations are making things worse in farm country.

Vermilion Teen Wins Farm Bureau Talk Meet 
Story by Margaret A. Lisi, Farm Bureau News Staff Writer—June 28, 2013
NEW ORLEANS—America’s working farm population is older than its urban business counterparts, with the average age of the farmer now standing at 58, compared to 42 among the non-farm sector workforce.

EPA to Ask Louisiana Poultry Growers for Personal Data
Story by Chuck Cannon, Special to Farm Bureau News—June 30, 2013
NEW ORLEANS—Twenty Louisiana poultry growers will soon receive a letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordering them to provide personal information about their farming operations.

Louisiana Soybean Growers Urged to Keep Eye Out for Asian Rust
Story by A. Denise Attaway, Special to
Farm Bureau News—June 30, 2013
Louisiana soybean producers are encouraged to be vigilant and keep an eye out for Asian soybean rust in their fields.

Farm Gate Price for Sugar to Remain Low Through 2014
Story by Sam Irwin, Special to Farm Bureau News
—June 30, 2013
A national sugar expert told the 150 sugarcane farmers and millers attending the Farm Bureau convention here that the price farmers receive for sugar will remain low through the 2014 crop year.

Louisiana Milk Producers Hopeful House Will Pass Dairy Security Act
Story by Chuck Cannon, Special 
to Farm Bureau News—June 29, 2013
NEW ORLEANS—While Congress debates a bill that would help some dairy producers stay in business, it’s consumers who hold the key to the industry’s survival here in Louisiana.

Immigration Debate Will Impact Farmers’ Ability to Find, Keep Labor
Story by A. Denise Attaway, Special to Farm Bureau News—June 28, 2013
NEW ORLEANS—Just about any Louisiana farmer will tell you that without workers from Mexico their farms won’t work.