7/9/2012 at 12:00 a.m.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 2012 Officers and Leaders Conference will be held July 23-24 in Springdale at the Holiday Inn and Northwest Arkansas Convention Center. The theme of this year’s conference is “Leading by Learning.”
This conference serves as a training and information event for county Farm Bureau leaders throughout the state.
“Keeping our leaders educated and abreast of current issues is a key component of the Officers and Leaders Conference,” said Randy Veach, Arkansas Farm Bureau president. “The conference also gives our leaders the opportunity to exchange ideas that can be taken back to their counties.”
Conference activities include a variety of speakers, entertainment from The Lindsay Kate Band and three workshops on Technology and Communication, Insurance Issues and Ballot Issues and Legislative Concerns. Scheduled speakers are Randy Veach with his annual president’s address; Jeff Long, athletic director at the University of Arkansas; Dr. Mark Cochran, vice president for agriculture with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture; and Dr. Gary Sides, a nutritionist with Pfizer Animal Health.
There also will be three university tours attendees can choose from on Tuesday morning, including:
- Crops Tour: On this tour, participants will hear from Dr. Jason Norsworthy on Roundup-resistant pigweed, Dr. Larry Purcell on high-yield soybeans and Dr. Elena Garcia on high-tunnel small fruit production.
- Animal and Water Tour: This tour will allow participants the opportunity to hear from Dr. Mike Kidd on poultry genetics and processing, Dr. Brian Haggard on the Watershed Research and Education Center and Dr. Steve Breeding on the Veterinary Diagnostics Lab.
- Campus Tour: The campus tour gives a brief overview of the entire University of Arkansas campus. Participants will start out hearing from Gary Davis who is with the Poultry Center of Excellence and Dr. Lona Robertson who will speak about opportunities within the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. There also will be a self-guided tour in the Reynolds Razorback Stadium and the tour will conclude with an inner campus walking tour with Chuck Culver.
"Agriculture's connection to the land grant mission of the University of Arkansas is something we respect and appreciate," Veach said. "Those involved in agriculture are always looking for new and innovative ways to be more productive and efficient on their farms and ranches. That is something that will be a key part to this year's Officers and Leaders Conference."
Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 210,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.
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