Acclaimed late night TV host Jay Leno will give the closing session keynote address at the 96th AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in San Diego on Jan. 12, 2015.
About 7,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation are expected to gather in San Diego Jan. 11-14 to hear from distinguished leaders and participate in a grassroots policy setting process that will guide the American Farm Bureau Federation through 2015.
Leno, an admired stand-up comedian, is also a best-selling children's book author, TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist. He has been widely characterized as "the hardest-working man in show business."
"We are excited to have Jay Leno as one of our keynote speakers," said AFBF President Bob Stallman. "We will be considering some very important policy issues during our time in San Diego, so it will be nice to take a break from the business at hand and share a lighter moment with Jay Leno."
Leno's late night television ratings domination has included hosting more than two decades of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," during which the show was a quarterly ratings winner for 19 consecutive years.
While he was host, the show was honored by the Television Academy with an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series. "The Tonight Show" has also been honored as Favorite Late Night Show in the annual TV Guide Awards as determined by voting viewers.
Farm Bureau members can register for the 96th AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show through their state Farm Bureaus or online through AFBF at http://annualconvention.fb.org starting Sept. 1.