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ARFB convention set for Dec. 4-6 in Little Rock

10/24/2013 at 12:15 p.m.

The 79th Arkansas Farm Bureau Convention is Dec.4-6 at the Marriott Hotel and Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. This year’s theme is “Farm Bureau Strong.”

Convention registration starts Dec. 4 at 9:30 a.m. The first general session starts at 1 p.m. A number of special awards will be presented during this session, which will be highlighted with addresses by Gov. Mike Beebe (invited) or Arkansas political observer Rex Nelson. Leaders who are no longer with us will be honored and remembered during the memorial service.

Numerous commodity conferences will be held Dec. 4-5 to provide the latest information from noted experts in their fields. Special conferences also are scheduled for Environmental Issues, Local Affairs, Public Policy, Rural Funding Opportunities and the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet finals.

Other events on Dec. 5 include the Women’s Luncheon and Cotton Fashion Show and the Sew with Cotton Contest. Back again is the silent auction with proceeds providing for Ag in the Classroom programs.

The general session on Dec. 5 will be highlighted by membership awards and addresses by Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach and 19-year old Texarkana native Taylor Wilson, a young nuclear physicist who first attracted national attention when, at the age of 14, he became the youngest individual to achieve nuclear fusion — in his parents’ garage! A reception honoring Executive Vice President Ewell Welch’s 36 years of service to ArFB will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Statehouse Convention Center.

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