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RURAL REFLECTIONS

ARFB Photo Roundup: July 19, 2013

A collection of recent images that captures the work of Farm Bureau volunteers and other agriculturalists around the state

7/19/2013 at 12:00 a.m.


CHRIS WILSON photo

On July 18, county Farm Bureau leaders convened at 11 locations around the state to participate in Arkansas Farm Bureau’s annual Statewide Policy Development Video Conference. Here, ArFB Board Member Richard Armstrong welcomed leaders to the Russellville site.



KEITH SUTTON photo

The week of July 8, three judges traveled more than 1,600 miles to visit with the eight district finalists for the 67th Annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program. The Gorden family of Mena (left to right, Kent, Bob, Sarah and Brent) is among those vying for top honors. The winner will be announced at a luncheon on Dec. 12 at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.



KEN MOORE photo

First District Congressman Rick Crawford (center) and his children, eight-year-old Will and five-year-old Delaney, go through the food line at Craighead Co. FB’s pre-4th of July picnic on July 3. About 100 Farm Bureau members and guests attended the event in Jonesboro.



KEITH SUTTON photo

Cotton acreage is down sharply this year in Arkansas. Agriculture officials estimate that 320,000 acres have been planted, about half as much as 2012 when this photo was taken. Farmers have pulled back on cotton because of thin profit margins.



KEITH SUTTON photo

Note from the photographer: “We ran into this young man, Grant Roberson of Crossett selling watermelons and cantaloupes on the roadside in front of his home July 2 to earn money for college and summer vacation. You have to admire a young farming entrepreneur like him!”



KEITH SUTTON photo

(Left to right) Tonya Presley, Molly Drewyor and Kaitlyn Walden, students at Huntsville High School, participated in a heart dissection exercise at UAMS Northwest in Fayetteville on July 15. They were among 20 students in the M*A*S*H Camp there, sponsored in part by Madison Co. FB.



CLARK CO. FB photo

ArFB education coordinator Matt Jackson visited Perrit Primary School students in Arkadelphia on July 10. Clark Co. FB Women’s Committee members assisted him in teaching the students the benefits of healthy living through agriculture.



BENTON CO. FB photo

There was no lack of youth participation at the 24th Annual 4-State Dairy Days in Bentonville June 21-23. The fun, educational event ended with a cattle show for 4-H and FFA members, sponsored by the Benton Co. FB and Benton County Dairy Association.

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