WASHINGTON, D.C., July 11,2012—Retired astronaut Mark Kelly will
deliver the keynote address at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s
2013Annual Meeting, Jan. 13-16, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.
More than 5,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation are expected
to gather in Nashville for the 94thannual meeting to hear from distinguished
leaders and participate in a grassroots policy-setting process that
will guide AFBF through 2013.
Kelly is one of America’s most experienced pilots and has logged
more than 6,000 flight hours aboard more than 50 different aircraft.
His experience includes 375 aircraft carrier landings, 39 combat missions,
more than 50 days in space and serving as commander of the Space Shuttle
Endeavor’s final mission.
In addition to his experience as an astronaut and Navy captain, Kelly
is a prostate cancer survivor and best-selling author. “Moustronaut:
A Partially True Story,” is a children’s book written by
Kelly that is slated for release in October.
“We are excited to have Mark Kelly as our keynote speaker,”
said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “His outstanding leadership,
dedication to teamwork and courage under pressure are truly inspirational.”
Kelly is married to Gabrielle Giffords, the former member of Congress
who survived an assassination attempt in January 2011.