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April 4, 2014 – Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village
Cost to attend is $50 for professionals and $20 for students (breakfast & lunch included).

Registration for this event includes admission to the ABAC Rodeo April 4 and admission to the Folklife Festival at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village on April 5.

U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop
Sanford BishopCongressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. is serving his eleventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Georgia’s Second Congressional District, which covers 29 middle and southwest Georgia counties. Since 2003, Congressman Bishop has served on the House Committee on Appropriations. At the start of the 112th Congress, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as the top Democrat on the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. He also serves on the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee and the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee. Congressman Bishop graduated from Morehouse College in 1968 and from Emory University Law School in 1971. He served in the U.S. Army and he was the primary partner in the law firm of Bishop and Buckner, P.C.

Dr. Cornelia FloraCornelia Flora
Dr. Cornelia Flora is Professor Emeritus at Iowa State University and is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cordova in Spain. Her research interests include international and domestic development, community, and the sociology of science and technology, particularly as related to agriculture and participatory change. Dr. Flora has a B.A.  from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. She and her husband Dr. Jan Flora are authors of Rural Communities: Legacy and Change.

Michael LaBroad
Michael LaBroad, CMO Rural Media GroupMichael LaBroad joined Rural Media Group in June of 2012. As the inaugural Chief Marketing Officer, he brings over 30 years of experience leading the marketing efforts of some of America’s largest and most recognized brands.  LaBroad spent 25 of his post-college years working in every discipline of marketing at Anheuser-Busch including field sales, brand management, sales promotion, merchandising, advertising, sports marketing, public relations and media. His role as the VP of Marketing for the flagship Budweiser brand is remembered for both its sales trend recovery, $100 million over-budget financial delivery, and the award winning advertising efforts including the Budweiser Lizards. LaBroad was also the CMO of the $1 billion entertainment division that included SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and the innovative Discovery Cove.  He was recruited to join Bass Pro Shops in 2003 and lead efforts to reach a national audience. LaBroad also served the National Hockey League as inaugural Chief Marketing Officer and just prior to joining Rural Media Group, he was the Managing Director of the national marketing consulting practice Egan-Anderson.

Representative Jason ShawJason Shaw Legis Photo 2011
Representative Jason Shaw has served Georgia House District 176 since 2010. Representative Shaw serves as chairman of the Georgia Legislative Rural Caucus, a bipartisan group that takes a leading role in issues and legislation that impact agriculture, natural resources and the needs of the state’s rural communities. He also serves as vice chairman of the House Insurance Committee and as a member of the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee; House Game, Fish and Parks Committee; and House Small Business Development Committee. Representative Shaw earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia. Currently, he serves as a director of many organizations including the Professional Insurance Agents Association of Georgia, Southern Financial Systems, the South Regional Joint Development Authority, the Georgia Olive Growers Association and the American Olive Oil Producers Association. Representative Shaw is the owner of Shaw Insurance Services, Inc. and is a partner of Georgia Olive Farms, Inc. He lives in Lakeland with his wife and three children.

Michael Sligh
Michael Sligh 1Michael Sligh is a founding member of Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA). He manages policy, research and education regarding agricultural best practices, agro-biodiversity, agro-biotechnology, organic identity preservation and a range of food justice and other value-added food labeling and marketing issues. He has more than 30 years of experience in agricultural practices and policy analysis, including both domestic and international work. He is a part-time family farmer and a trained anthropologist. Sligh lives, farms and works in North Carolina. He is the founding Chair of the USDA/National Organic Standards Board, founder of Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, founder of National Organic Coalition, founding partner of Agricultural Justice Project and a founding member of Domestic Fair Trade Association.

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