9/11/2013 at 12:00 a.m.
By Randy Veach,
Arkansas Farm Bureau president
Leadership is a trait that can be sharpened, encouraged and refined. With this in mind, we hope to honor the spirit of Stanley Reed with the naming of this year's winner of the Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award. This award is intended to be a way to honor a farm Bureau leader who exhibits the tenants of thoughtful leadership.
Stanley Reed, past president of Arkansas Farm Bureau, was taken from us far too early. He left behind a legacy of wisdom, integrity and commitment that will stand with this organization for generations to come. Both the state and national Farm Bureaus were shaped by his involvement in the organization.
The Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award is designed to honor a Farm Bureau board member, who is between the ages of 36-45, for their outstanding leadership within their county Farm Bureau and their community.
Leadership on the county Farm Bureau level is essential to the success of the organization. A lack of meaningful leadership could leave our organization without purpose or direction, like a ship with no rudder. Without question, young farmers and ranchers in your community are the future of Farm Bureau. With the assistance of your county Farm Bureau, we would like to identify appropriate individuals to be considered for this recognition. Upon Stanley's untimely death, I noted that Arkansas had lost a true leader and the Farm Bureau family had lost a gracious man. Let's endeavor to identify those young leaders who can step up and be among Farm Bureau's next generation of leaders and honor both our past and future in the process.
The third recipient of the Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award will be named during a general session at the 79th annual convention of the Arkansas Farm Bureau in Little Rock.
Please consider nominating the best and brightest young farm leaders in your county to be considered for this prestigious award. A nomination form is available here
. The nomination should be limited to 300 or less words describing the impact the nominee has made on his/her county Farm Bureau and the community. Submissions must be postmarked no later than Nov. 18.