Award honors memory of late Arkansas Farm Bureau President Stanley Reed
Dana Stewart is the 2018 recipient of the Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award from the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. Stewart accepted the award Nov. 28 during organization’s 84th annual conference at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach and Charlene Reed, widow of ArFB’s late President presented the award.
Stewart, 36, has served on ArFB’s State Women’s Leadership Committee. She has served as a member of the inaugural President’s Leadership Council and will serve as vice president of the White County Farm Bureau board of directors in 2019. She serves as executive director of the White County Community Foundation.
“Humbling, grateful and excited” is how Stewart described her feelings upon receiving the award.
“Stanley Reed had such a legacy that he left upon agriculture in Arkansas. Just to receive this award in his name certainly makes an impact on me. I’m just so grateful to be recognized for it,” Stewart said.
The Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award was established to honor the memory of the late Arkansas Farm Bureau president and is awarded to an active member, 36 to 45 years of age, for outstanding leadership within their county Farm Bureau and community. It is intended to honor a county leader who has demonstrated the leadership qualities that were evident in Stanley Reed’s life and will help lead Farm Bureau into the future.
Stewart’s passion is advocating for agriculture. She’s a fifth-generation rancher in Step Rock raising Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle.
“Being involved in Farm Bureau has given me the opportunity to really advocate for agriculture locally and on a state level. I think it’s extremely important that people understand where our food comes from and that we have a safe, affordable and healthy food supply in this country,” Stewart said.
Stewart has been active in several Farm Bureau leadership roles and will become the White County Farm Bureau board vice president in 2019. She earned a degree in agricultural communications from the University of Arkansas. She and her husband, Joshua have two children, Jewel, 8, and Henry, 5.
Arkansas Farm Bureau created its leadership award in 2011 in honor of Stanley Reed, who was president of Arkansas Farm Bureau from 2003-2008. He died in an automobile accident in July 2011.
Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization with more than 192,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.
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