2024 AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference

Dr. Rick Rigsby

Opening Session Speaker

Nearly 300 MILLION PEOPLE globally have viewed Dr. Rigsby’s sensational speech in the viral video titled, “Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout.”

As President and CEO of Rick Rigsby Communications, the internationally acclaimed speaker presents to the top companies worldwide. Dr. Rick is also a favorite among professional and collegiate sports organizations. Rigsby—a former award-winning professor—spent over two decades teaching at various colleges, most of those years serving at Texas A&M University. In addition to academic duties, Dr. Rigsby was hired by legendary football icon R. C. Slocum as chaplain and Life Skills coach for the Aggies football team.

A former award-winning journalist, Dr. Rigsby is a regular contributor on numerous national television and radio programs.

Inspired by a genuine conviction to help people realize their full potential, Rick Rigsby brings a combined four decades of experience and expertise to the set of How Ya Livin’? This transformative podcast encourages, inspires and challenges people at every level to dream bigger, stretch beyond comfort zones and achieve the impossible!

As Rick says, most people I meet are asking themselves the same unrelenting question, ‘I wonder how great I can actually be?’ What a privilege to help people make such profound discoveries!

A Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best-selling author, Dr. Rigsby’s books include, Lessons From a Third Grade Dropout and Afraid to Hope.

Overcoming the Impossible

Sunday Morning General Session Panel


Dr. Michael Rosmann - Farmer and Psychologist 
Chris Pawelski - Owner, Pawelski Farms
James Dixon - Arkansas Young Farmer
Dr. Kristie Guffey - Assistant Professor and Collegiate FB Advisor, Murray State University

Farming and ranching is a beautiful way of life that can come with incredible amounts of stress and pressure that at times feel insurmountable. But a healthy farm or ranch is nothing without a healthy you. Join us at the general session on Sunday morning to hear the life stories of farmers and farm families who have seen incredibly difficult times and are now speaking up about their experiences. Hear about the unique stress factors in agriculture, how to navigate difficult life events and how to overcome the challenges in life that sometimes seem impossible. 

President Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation

Monday Morning Closing Speaker

Zippy Duvall has served as president of the American Farm Bureau Federation since 2016. He is a third-generation farmer from Georgia. He and his son operate a beef cow herd, raise broiler chickens and grow their own hay, all while continuing to restore the farmland that has been in the family for more than 90 years.

Through his leadership as AFBF president, Duvall has helped to shape a new farm bill, defeat misguided regulations, shepherd new trade agreements and ensure farmers and ranchers are supported through natural disasters and the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2017, Duvall was honored by the National 4-H Council as a founding luminary, a group of influential 4-H alumni. Prior to being elected AFBF president, he was president of the Georgia Farm Bureau and served on the AFBF board of directors. In 1987, he also served a year on the AFBF board as Young Farmer Committee chair.

Duvall and his new wife, Jennifer, were married in December 2021. Both lost their first spouses. With their union, the family has grown from four children and five grandchildren to six children and seven grandchildren.