November 18, 2020– In light of the quickly evolving COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland and tighter county-by-county restrictions on indoor gatherings of people, Maryland Farm Bureau’s Executive Committee and staff have declared that the Annual Meeting of Delegates will be moved to a fully virtual platform held Monday, December 7, 2020.
“We understand that the quickly evolving situation, along with the important business of the Annual Meeting is of concern to all members,” said John Torres, Executive Director of Maryland Farm Bureau. “We will make this work and demonstrate that COVID will not get in the way of our grassroots process that is at the core of the Farm Bureau mission.”
The 2020 Annual Meeting is free to attend virtually by registering at https://www.mdfarmbureau.com/convention/. All participants must register through the meeting website. District caucuses will be held virtually using Zoom’s virtual breakout room feature and each room will be facilitated to conduct each district’s business quickly and efficiently.
The Executive Committee has also approved a motion to allow for the adoption of the Resolutions Committee Report to be done on a section-by-section basis as opposed to a line item-by-line item basis to reduce the number of electronic votes that need to be taken, and to quickly move through the policy book.
MDFB’s field staff will work with all county Farm Bureaus to decide how they want to distribute the weighted votes of their 2 proxy delegates if counties have an uneven number of delegate seats afforded to them according to MDFB’s bylaws. Staff will contact those counties with odd number of delegate seats to verify how votes should be weighted on a county-by-county basis.
Please visit the Annual Meeting website for more information and to register: https://www.mdfarmbureau.com/convention/. Please contact the Maryland Farm Bureau office at (410) 922-3426 with questions or concerns.