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ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU NEWS
O&L Snapshots (day one)
7/22/2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Matt Stell of Center Ridge opened the convention with a number of original songs.
The Little Rock Air Force Base Honor Guard presented the colors for the Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem.
Dean Gammill, Stone County Farm Bureau board member, sang the Star Spangled Banner.
Rich Hillman, Arkansas Farm Bureau vice president, presided over the opening general session and introduced President Randy Veach.
In his mid-summer address, Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach said: "I hope you see leadership as a journey, where you constantly gather new information and information about what's in front of us. Thankfully, we have Farm Bureau to help us identify the obstacles and then help us navigate through them as we each pursue true north."
Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach presented a memento to Dr. Andrew Sharpley, professor of crop soil & environmental science at the UofA, in honor of his being named "distinguished agriscience scientist" by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation.
Dr. Andrew Sharpley, professor of crop soil & environmental science at the UofA, thanked Arkansas farmers for being exemplary environmental stewards.
Dr. Donald Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, talked about the changing nature of higher education and its implications for the state.
V.J. Smith, motivational speaker and author of “The Richest Man in Town,” gave the keynote address.
Brenda Westbrook and Sean McGraw, Chevrolet brand ambassadors, talked with attendees about the Farm Bureau/GM Private Offer.
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