American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection in January 2016 following 16 years at AFBF.
Stallman, a cattle and rice producer from Columbus, Texas, is the 11th president during AFBF's almost 97-year history.
"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the nation's Farm Bureau members and represent agriculture and rural America," Stallman said. "After 16 years as AFBF president, six as Texas Farm Bureau president and several more in other Farm Bureau roles, it is time to hand over the reins of leadership—a decision that is made easier by knowing the great leadership and foundation that exist to continue moving Farm Bureau forward. I am as optimistic as ever about the future of American agriculture and Farm Bureau."
Under Stallman's leadership, Farm Bureau membership nationwide has grown by more than 1 million member families. Programming has grown to include more efforts to build rural communities and economies and more leadership development programs to help farmers and ranchers become advocates for agriculture and citizen leaders in their communities.
AFBF has grown organizationally, particularly with the acquisition of the IDEAg farm events and publications business in 2013.
"While the presidential gavel will change hands, what defines Farm Bureau will remain the same: our grassroots strength and our commitment to strengthening America's agricultural and rural communities," Stallman said.
A new AFBF president will be elected to a two-year term at the 97th annual meeting of voting delegates, Jan. 12, 2016, as part of the AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Tradeshow, Jan. 10-13, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.