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Farm Bureau defining 'True North' at conference

Mid-Summer Conference Set for July 22-23 in Hot Springs

7/9/2013 at 12:00 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — “True North” is the theme for Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 65th annual Officers and Leaders Conference, set for July 22-23 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 22 and the opening general session entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. that day. Workshops will highlight the Tuesday morning program, with the conference concluding with a Tuesday luncheon.

In addition to an address from Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach, the roughly 500 attendees will hear from University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald Bobbitt and noted author V. J. Smith during the Monday afternoon general session. Workshop topics will range from the environmental certification process of C&H Farms in Mt. Judea to online “agvocacy,” and will also include a discussion on the status of the federal Farm Bill, livestock and crop updates and a legislative overview.

“Our mid-summer conference will once again offer our county Farm Bureau leaders an opportunity to improve their leadership skills,” said Veach, a cotton, soybean, corn and soybean farmer from Manila (Mississippi County). “Their ongoing commitment to the mission and purpose of this organization is proof that they have accepted the challenge of being a better leader.

“As leaders we should always be seeking the best and most appropriate direction for those we lead. We are constantly seeking ‘True North,’ which is the theme for this conference.

“When we have a better understanding of the issues facing all facets of agriculture, we can do a better job of helping others navigate through and around the challenges they will face in reaching their destination. We have an interesting set of speakers and presentations to help those in attendance become better leaders and continue to make an impact in their local communities.”

Speaking at this year’s closing luncheon will be Keith Jackson, founder of Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids (P.A.R.K.), whose NFL career was highlighted by six Pro Bowl appearances while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers, concluding with a win of Super Bowl XXXI. 

At the conference, the organization will also recognize its Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award finalists as well as recipients of the Romeo E. Short, Farm Bureau Foundation and Marvin Vines Memorial scholarships.

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 200,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.


For more information contact:

Steve Eddington
(501) 228-1383
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203


Gregg Patterson
(501) 228-1282
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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