Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation Convention holds 97th Annual Convention

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NEW ORLEANS, La. - (KNOE) "This is Jim Engster with Talk Louisiana. We're coming to you from the 97th annual Farm Bureau Federation Convention in New Orleans."

"Talk Louisiana" radio host, Jim Engster interviews Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain at the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation convention in New Orleans.

Radio host Jim Engster takes his show "Talk Louisiana" on the road to talk all things Ag from Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain to the President of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Ronnie Anderson. They tackle the tough topics facing agriculture this year.

"Everybody's really optimistic. They think there's going to be something done on trade, the prices are going to rebound and the trade is going to be opened up in certain areas. We're getting reports we're going to get access to countries we haven't been to get in," said Ronnie Anderson, President of the Louisiana Farm Federation.

About 1500 farmers and their families come to this convention, not just to network but talk issues and policy. Even young participants get involved. This year's Talk Meet discussion topic was about how to battle the misinformation that swirls around agriculture from those who know little about it or have never set foot on a farm.

Governor John Bel Edwards addresses the general assembly announcing funding the rural bridges to help ease transportation issues for farmers.

Also top of mind for these farmers and ranchers, the high water of the Mississippi River, the heavy rains in the Spring that have prevented many farmers planting, and when the trade war with China will come to an end. All things that will impact Louisiana producers and ultimately the state's economy.

Congressman Ralph Abraham was the guest speaker Sunday.