12/5/2013 at 5:06 p.m.
LITTLE ROCK — Farmer Dow Brantley of England (Lonoke County) is the 2013 recipient of the Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award from the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. Brantley accepted the award from Farm Bureau President Randy Veach, Charlene Reed, Stanley’s widow, and Andy Davis the Reed’s son-in-law. The award was presented Dec. 5 during the organization’s 79th Annual Conference at the Marriott Hotel and Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
Brantley, 37, is a third-generation farmer who grows soybeans, rice, corn, cotton and wheat on 9,000 acres. The award goes to an active member, 36 to 45 years old, for outstanding leadership within their county Farm Bureau and community.
“What an honor to receive the Stanley Reed award. What a great man,” Brantley said. “He introduced me to Farm Bureau and asked me to be the Young Farmers & Ranchers chairman. He taught me to not be afraid to speak out for what you think is right. You need to be out there, involved and speak up.”
A donation in Brantley’s name will be made to the Stanley Reed Memorial Chair in Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Injury Prevention at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences.
Brantley is Lonoke County Farm Bureau president. He’s active in the National Cotton Council; chairman of the Arkansas Rice Federation; chairman of Arkansas Rice Producers Group and serves in numerous other ag-related organizations.
Brantley earned an Agriculture Food & Life Sciences degree from the University of Arkansas. He and his wife, Amy, have three children, daughters Caroline, Virginia and Ruth.
Arkansas Farm Bureau created the award in 2011 in honor of Stanley Reed, who was president of Arkansas Farm Bureau from 2003-2008. He died in an automobile accident one-car crash in July 2011. Improving agriculture, and working through Farm Bureau to make that happen, was Reed’s life’s work. He also had a passion for mentoring young people, helping them to learn and grow in ways that helped them, and ultimately others.
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Dow Brantley (second from right) of Lonoke County won the Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award at Arkansas Farm Bureau's 79th Annual Convention on Dec. 5 in Little Rock. Presenting the award were Charlene Reed, wife of the late Farm Bureau leader and award namesake Stanley Reed; Andy Davis (left), Reed’s son-in-law; and Randy Veach, Arkansas Farm Bureau president. The award goes to an active member, 36 to 45 years old, for outstanding leadership within their county Farm Bureau and community. A donation in Brantley’s name will be made to the Stanley Reed Memorial Chair in Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Injury Prevention at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. Brantley grows rice, corn, cotton and soybeans on his family farm in England.
Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 192,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.
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