The 2nd Annual Beginning Farmer and Rancher Conference will take place Feb. 18-20, in Grand Rapids, Mich., at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel & DeVos Place Convention Center. The conference is presented by the American Farm Bureau Federation and

Those interested in all types of agriculture are encouraged to attend. AFBF membership is not required. The conference provides an opportunity to network with others from around the country and learn from experts about how to start and maintain a thriving farm or ranch business.

“America’s farmers recognize that providing food that satisfies the tastes and preferences of today’s consumers is more important than ever before,” says Bob Stallman, AFBF president. “We welcome into our ranks and extend a helping hand to beginning farmers who are just starting their careers as food producers.”

The regular registration rate is $250 per person through Jan. 17. It includes conference materials, farm tours and certain meals; attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations.

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Conference will be held in conjunction with the annual American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference. Attendees at both conferences will have the opportunity to attend various sessions   For more information, including online registration and hotel information, go to