Opening General Session

Opening General Session

Opening General Session: Saturday, March 24, 10:00 a.m.

Special Guest: Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (invited)

We’re pleased to welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to the Cattle Raisers Convention. Secretary Perdue will provide his perspective on the state of U.S. agriculture.

Secretary Perdue came by his knowledge of agriculture the old-fashioned way: he was born into a farming family in Bonaire, Ga. From childhood, and through his life in business and elected office, Perdue has experienced the industry from every possible perspective. Uniquely qualified as a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator and governor of Georgia, he became the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on April 25.

Perdue’s policies are guided by four principles: maximize the ability of American men and women in agriculture and agribusiness to create jobs, produce and sell the foods and fiber that feed and clothe the world, and to reap the rewards of their labor; prioritize customer service every day for American taxpayers and consumers; continue to ensure that our food meets strict safety standards; remember our agricultural bounty comes directly from the land.

Perdue recognizes that American agriculture needs a strong advocate to promote its interests to international markets and has pledged to be that man. He is a strong believer in good government, operating efficiently and serving the needs of its customers: the people of the U.S. He is recognized as a leading authority on issues including energy and utilities, agriculture, transportation, emerging technologies and economic development.


The Power of One: How One Attitude, One Action and One Person Can Change the World

Expected to die, John O’Leary now teaches others how to truly live.

O’Leary  was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, he created a massive explosion in his garage and was burned on 100% of his body. Given less than 1% chance of survival, John is proof of the power of the human spirit.

His unlikely recovery meant a journey of pain and loss that could have easily been insurmountable. However, far from being an example of someone who simply endured tragedy, O’Leary is a luminous example of thriving through adversity.

Surprisingly, this “survivor” story isn’t focused on O’Leary — rather, it is a celebration of heroes who intimately served him and his family. From a dedicated Hall of Fame sports announcer to a visionary burn nurse (and countless others), every individual involved in this 1987 fire teaches us this truth: one person can make a profound difference in the lives of others.

With emotional storytelling and unexpected humor, O’Leary reminds us of the significance of daily attitudes, the power of gratitude, and the impact of serving others with courage. He will reawaken you to realize the gift of today and the possibility of tomorrow.

John O’Leary is the author of the #1 bestselling book ON FIRE – The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life. He will be signing books after his presentation.

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