11/14/2012 at 12:00 a.m.
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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Farm Bureau will plant Seeds of Change at its 78th Annual Convention, set for Nov. 28-30 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, state Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun, Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach, motivational speaker LaDonna Gatlin and agricultural economist John Anderson headline the speakers for the convention, which is expected to attract more than 1,000.
The convention’s theme is Seeds of Change. That will be reinforced throughout the convention’s three-day run, including several conferences, competitions and special meetings. The convention culminates with the organization’s annual business session, where more than 300 voting delegates define the organization’s policy positions on items of importance to Farm Bureau members. The delegate body also elects the organization’s president and vice president.
“This has been a year of extremes in Arkansas agriculture,” said Randy Veach, a cotton, rice and soybean farmer from Manila (Mississippi County) who is concluding his fourth year as president of the organization. “No doubt, the Drought of 2012 will long be remembered for the hardships it caused Arkansas’ farmers and ranchers. The effects of this drought will linger for many years and leave a deep mark on Arkansas agriculture.
“But because many of our members long ago planted Seeds of Change, they have been able to sustain their operations through this devastating time. Throughout the convention, we will be discussing ways our farmers and ranchers can plant Seeds of Change that will help them survive future obstacles they will, no doubt, encounter. This will enable them to pursue their passion and continue to provide food, fiber and fuel for much of the world.”
Special conferences will cover topics such as the 2012 drought, federal farm policy, the Arkansas General Assembly, food safety issues, farm credit availability, and the state water plan. Additionally, a number of moderated discussions will take place, covering environmental issues, rural health topics, public policy items, and private property rights concerns. Commodity-specific conferences in poultry, rice, timber, cotton, beef, soybeans, dairy, equine, wheat and feed grains also are scheduled.
The convention will spotlight the winners in Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer & Rancher competitions — the Discussion Meet, and Excellence in Ag and Achievement awards.
The top county Farm Bureau women’s program and Sew with Cotton contest winners will be named, and the organization will honor its Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year. Also, the Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award will be presented.
Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy
organization of more than 200,000 families throughout the state working
to improve farm and rural life.
For more information contact:
Box 31, Little Rock 72203
Box 31, Little Rock 72203