LITTLE ROCK — New chairmen have been
appointed to three of Arkansas Farm Bureau’s commodity divisions.
Beginning in 2012, Terry Pollard of Greenway (Clay Co.) will chair the
Cotton Division, Gene Pharr of Lincoln (Washington Co.) will chair the
Poultry Division and Jon Carroll of Moro (Monroe Co.) will chair the
Wheat & Feed Grains Division.
Chairmen reappointed for 2012 include Mike Freeze of Keo
(Aquaculture), Billy Sharp of Hindsville (Beef), Woody Bryant of Austin
(Dairy), Earl Pepper of DeQueen (Equine), Grant Pace of Monticello
(Forestry), Jeremy Gillam of Judsonia (Horticulture), Joe Christian of
Jonesboro (Rice), Rusty Smith of Des Arc (Soybean) and Steve Stephan of
As a general farm organization, Farm Bureau represents all
commodity interests. Each of the 12 state commodity divisions serves in
an advisory capacity to the Arkansas Farm Bureau Board of Directors
and makes recommendations to the board providing direction to Farm
Bureau on issues impacting the various commodity interests.
“A significant part of Farm Bureau’s annual activities
occur as a result of recommendations the commodity divisions make,”
said Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach. “The chairmen’s role in
this is extremely important. Through their efforts, we receive
grass-roots input from producers to ensure Farm Bureau is representing
the best interests of all of agriculture.”