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For Immediate Release

Stanley Reed killed in auto accident

Lee County cotton farmer was Farm Bureau president from 2003-2008

7/15/2011 at 12:00 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Stanley E. Reed, the ninth president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau, died in a single-car accident Friday morning. A cotton farmer from Marianna (Lee County), Reed served as president of the organization from 2003-2008. He was 59.

He is survived by his wife Charlene and three children and three grandchildren.

“The State of Arkansas has lost a true leader, and the Farm Bureau family has lost a gracious man,” says Randy Veach of Manila (Mississippi County), current president of Arkansas Farm Bureau. “Stanley Reed stood for everything that is good and just about this organization. He was a man of integrity, compassion and faith.

“As a past president of Arkansas Farm Bureau and its affiliated companies, Stanley demonstrated foresight and wisdom in dealing with an organization that represents one out of every four families in our state. He guided our organization through a time of challenging change, particularly as we restructured our business interests to better support the needs of our membership. His legal background and awareness were vital during this process.

“Our prayers are with his family.”

Reed served as a member of the state board of directors for 21 years, starting in 1987. He additionally served from 1993-99 as secretary-treasurer and from 2000-2003 as vice president. Reed was a past member of the American Farm Bureau (AFBF) board of directors and on the board of the Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance company, serving as vice chairman from 2006-09. He also was on the board of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance company. Reed was president of Lee County Farm Bureau from 1982-84.

Reed is a former member of the University of Arkansas board of trustees (1998-2008), and served as chairman of the board from 2006-08. He was a distinguished alumnus of the University of Arkansas, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering in 1973. He also earned a juris doctorate from the UofA in 1976, graduating with highest honors. He was a chairman of the UAMS College of Medicine Advisory Board, a member of the UAMS Foundation Board, a charter member of the Arkansas Academy of Biological and Agricultural engineering, and the Arkansas Delta WIRED Academy Steering Committee.

At the time of his death, Reed was on the boards of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Simmons National Bank, the Arkansas World Trade Center Board of Advisors and the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation. He previously served as a board member for Baptist Health. Additionally, Reed was a past board member of Cotton Incorporated and the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Committee.

Reed also served as a member of the AFBF Trade Advisory Committee. He traveled extensively to promote Arkansas agriculture, including trade missions to Cuba, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Turkey, Brazil, Peru, Panama and Rwanda.


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Stanley Reed


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Reed and his son, Nathan, farmed cotton and soybeans in Lee and St. Francis counties.


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In this 1990 photograph, Reed -- then an Arkansas Farm Bureau board member -- talked with Farm Bureau leaders about the importance of the organization's policy development process.


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On a 2009 trade mission to Panama, Reed visited with Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli.


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In 2009, Reed received a lifetime achievement award from American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman in honor of his five years of service on the AFBF board of directors.


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


For more information contact:

Steve Eddington
(501) 228-1383
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203


Ken Moore
(501) 228-1512
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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