2010 Legislative Ag Chairs Conference

state ag and rural leaders

2010 LegislativeAg Chairs Summit Partners

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agrium U.S.
Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency LTD
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Feed Industry Association
American Veal Association
American Veterinary Medical Association
Animal Agriculture Alliance 
Animal Health Institute
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Bayer Animal Health
Bayer CropScience
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Government of Canada
Canadian Pork Council
CF Industries
Council for Biotechnology Information
The Council of State Governments
CropLife America
CVR Energy
Deere & Company
Dow AgroSciences
Dupont Company
Feld/Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey
Global Animal Management 
Hormel Foods
ICM Energy
Industry Task Force on 2-4D
International Association of Fairs and Expositions
J.R. Simplot Company
Land O'Lakes
Monsanto Company 
National Corn Growers
National Conference of State Legislatures
National Pork Producers Council
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
North American Equipment Dealers Association
Olds College
Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz
Poet Energy 
Rural Policy Research Institute
Sparboe Farms
The Fertilizer Institute
United Egg Producers
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
Wine America
Registration for elected officials is available here.

Registration for everyone else is available here.

A brochure outlining the 2010 Summit is available here.

A fact sheet outlining the 2010 AgConnect Expo, being held in Orlando January 13-15, 2010, is available here.

Logistical and Practical information for attendees will be available here soon.

A preliminary agenda for the summit is available here.

printable agendafor the summit is available here.

Information on the Jake Flake Travel Scholarship is available here.

Information on sponsorship opportunities is available here.


Legislative Agricultural Chairs VIII


Consistently reported as the most important meeting of the year by attendees, the Summit expects to have the agricultural and rural legislative leadership from approximately 47 states, 5 Canadian provinces and 2-3 U.S. territories.  SARL provides all on-site expenses for invited state legislators and even funds travel for those in agriculture leadership from states with travel bans. Thirteen of our 2003 attendees moved into chamber leadership positions in 2004 and we fully expect similar results following this election cycle.  Our sponsors must find the Summit rewarding because we have a 98% return rate and as a result have not generally needed to secure new sponsors.  

Sponsors are permitted the participation of one sponsor representative in SARL membership and voting rights.  The SARL Board includes three industry representatives nominated and voted on at the annual Summit. There is no industry attendance beyond sponsors, so that attendance is limited and one-on-one contact of our sponsors and legislators is maximized.  

This year’s meeting agenda has a unique addition, a session on the best and worst of state legislation.  All sponsors will be encouraged to submit their examples as well.  This session will provide a unique opportunity to look at the good and bad of agricultural legislation.  For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact Dr. Carolyn Orr at (765) 893-8209 or corr@agandruralleaders.org   To make a donation, click here.

Become a Sponsor!!

As president of State Agriculture and Rural Leaders, I am pleased to invite your participation in the Legislative Agricultural Chairs Summit, the unique annual event that brings together elected agriculture and rural development leaders from the United States and Canada.

With your generous help, SARL is ready to continue hosting the only national educational forum for state and provincial lawmakers with agriculture and rural responsibilities.  SARL keeps growing because of the increasing need for legislative leaders to plant sound, science-based agriculture and rural policy in their states and provinces. Profit at the farm gate and vibrant rural communities require informed policy-making and collaboration on the part of elected officials at all levels. This is what SARL strives for in all of our activities.

Our 2010 annual meeting is January 15-17, 2010, in Orlando, Florida, and we are requesting your participation and support of this Summit. This annual invitation-only Summit (brochure enclosed) will have the chairs from more than 90 state chambers and seven Canadian provinces. We expect to limit attendance to approximately 220 attendees. SARL pays all on-site expenses for participating legislators and provides travel funds for those from states with travel limits.  

We boast a 97% return rate for our private industry members, with most providing support from the very first Summit in 2002.  We are opening up for additional sponsors this year so that we can expand our legislative invitations just slightly to include key up-and-coming legislators from key states. As a result, your support becomes more important and far-reaching than ever.

Back again this year is a travel scholarship in memory of SARL Board Member Arizona Senator Jake Flake. This scholarship will cover travel expenses for one state legislator with an active production background that has not previously attended a Summit. If you have a nominee for this award, please correspond with our Executive Secretary Carolyn Orr.

The advisory board, made up of public and private industry members from the 2008 Summit has been working hard on the agenda and speaker selection. If you have suggestions for this agenda, we need to hear from you as soon as possible. The agenda continues to be designed to present you a unique opportunity to discuss your critical issues with state and provincial leaders from across the U.S.  and Canada on a one-to-one basis. We believe that your participation is extremely important and that you will find your involvement mutually beneficial.

Your involvement is critical to the continuing success of the Summit. It would not exist without financial support from the agriculture industry, and we trust that you will find your involvement to be very beneficial. Private industry members will get recognized on all Summit materials, will have an opportunity to include information for attendees and, most important, provide you the opportunity to meet and work with true leaders in agriculture and rural policy in the state legislatures. 

Members, both public and private get full voting privileges for Board, Officers and resolutions and the opportunity to help plan the next Summit. Membership includes registration for two attendees at the Summit.  Only private industry members and legislators are permitted to attend the Summit, there is no public or press registration.

We hope that you will give strong consideration to becoming involved in SARL and the Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit.  It is a decision you will not regret.  Thank you very much for your consideration of this request. We look forward to working with you in hosting another successful Summit in 2010.




State Senator David Johnson
Iowa Senate Agriculture Committee
Assistant Senate Leader

January 15-17 | Orlando, Florida


DISPLAY TABLES:  There will be space for sponsors to put a small (two foot) display about your company or put out company materials in the main meeting room.  Please let Carolyn know if you intend to use this area. 

LEGISLATION:  There will be a session on “Successful Ag and Rural Legislation Awards.” Please be thinking of a bill or bills you would like submitted and send to Carolyn Orr at corr@agandruralleaders.org

LOGO:  We need your newest logo in electronic format as soon as possible. Please send to corr@agandruralleaders.org

SUMMIT MATERIALS: You are provided the opportunity to include one information piece in the Summit folder.  It is easier if it has been three hole punched.  If you would like to include some other marketing piece or memento they can be put into the backpacks.  Please send it to Carolyn Orr prior to January 4th. 

FRIDAY DINNER: Information to come soon.