Gov. Hutchinson to speak at Farm Bureau’s mid-summer conference
The Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 70th annual Officers and Leaders Conference is set for July 23-24 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, carrying the theme of “E3: Engage. Educate. Empower.”
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will open the conference, kicking off two days of speakers and workshops that reinforce Farm Bureau’s role as the largest agricultural advocacy organization in the state. It is the first time the mid-summer conference has been held in Rogers. About 500 Farm Bureau leaders are expected to attend.
Workshops at the conference will cover topics such as working with local legislators, bridging the gap between rural and urban consumers, and engaging in grassroots movements.
“Arkansas Farm Bureau’s efforts on behalf of the men and women of agriculture are only as strong as the volunteer leaders at the county level,” said Randy Veach, who is in his 10th term as president of Arkansas Farm Bureau. “That is why we must provide those county leaders with the tools and resources necessary to effectively advocate on behalf of agriculture. The speakers and workshops for this conference will help them be engaged, educated and empowered.”
At the conference, the organization will also announce winners of its Young Farmer & Rancher competitions, as well as recognize the 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 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.
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