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For Immediate Release

Justus Was Long-time Administrator at Arkansas Farm Bureau

8/1/2011 at 12:00 a.m.


LITTLE ROCK — Jack G. Justus, one of just five men to serve as executive vice president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau, passed away Sunday. He spent 37 years with the organization, and served as its chief administrator from 1982-97.

Prior to his position as executive vice president, Justus served the Farm Bureau as vice president-executive assistant (1975-82), legislative director (1971-75) and district field coordinator (1960-71). Before joining the organization, he worked as a county agricultural agent with the Cooperative Extension Service in Craighead, Izard and Clay counties in northeast Arkansas.

While EVP for the Farm Bureau, the organization’s membership increased from 114,000 to 204,000. He was instrumental in the development of Farm Bureau Center, the organization’s headquarters located at the juncture of interstates 430 and 630. At the time of its completion, it was the first major office building in the now-bustling commercial area.

Justus was inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1998.

A native of Lead Hill (Boone County), Justus attended Arkansas Tech University and the University of Arkansas, graduating with honors in agriculture.

Justus was named Progressive Farmer’s “Man of the Year in Service to Arkansas Agriculture” in 1996, and was honored as Distinguished Alumnus for the University of Arkansas’ College of Agriculture in 1997. Additionally, Justus was a member of Gamma Sigma Delta Agriculture Society, and was awarded an Honorary American Farmer degree in 1985 by FFA.

Justus also served on the boards of the Arkansas 4-H Foundation, Arkansas FFA Foundation, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, First Commercial Bank Corporation, and the State Chamber of Commerce.

 

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Jack G. Justus

 

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Jack Justus receives  the "1996 Man of the Award" from Progressive Farmer managing editor Earl Manning.

 

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Jack Justus discusses Farm Bureau position at a county annual meeting during the early 1980s.

 

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As Farm Bureau's legislative director, Jack Justus (center, back) was on hand in 1973 when Gov. Dale Bumpers signed into law Act 445, a rural roads program. Also at the signing were state representatives Doug Brandon (back left) of Pulaski County and Wayne Hampton of Arkansas County.

 

 

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of almost 220,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

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For more information contact:

Steve Eddington
steve.eddington@arfb.com
(501) 228-1383
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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