The 74th Annual Arkansas Farm Bureau Officers and Leaders Conference will be held July 21-22 at the Rogers Convention Center, themed “Make It Happen.”
US Senator John Boozman will receive the Golden Plow, the highest honor given to a serving member of Congress. Boozman, a senior member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, is the third Arkansan to receive the award.
Two days of workshops and commodity division meetings will reinforce the Farm Bureau’s role as the largest agriculture advocacy organization in the state. About 500 Farm Bureau leaders are expected. This is only the second time the midsummer conference has been held in Rogers and, for the first time, the organization will pair its Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference with officers and leaders. The YF&R conference will take place on July 22 and 23.
Deacue Fields, recently appointed vice president of agriculture for the University of Arkansas system, will address the group. U.S. Representative Steve Womack, in his sixth term as Representative of Arkansas’ 3rd District, will also address Farm Bureau leaders. Womack was mayor of Rogers before being elected to Congress.
O&L conference workshops will cover topics such as estate planning and agricultural transition, broadband expansion, and opportunities for solar power in agriculture. Commodity Division meetings will be held for Rice, Cotton, Beef, Soybeans, Wheat and Feed Grains, Dairy, Forestry, Hogs and Poultry, allowing these committees to discuss issues potential policies that affect or could affect those specific products.
“The efforts of the Arkansas Farm Bureau on behalf of the men and women of agriculture are only as strong as the volunteer leaders at the county level,” said Rich Hillman, a sixth-generation farmer from Carlisle, who is in his third term as president of Arkansas. Farm office. “That’s why we need to provide these county leaders with the tools and resources they need to ‘make things happen’ in their communities. Across Arkansas, Farm Bureau members are making a difference in their communities, through their involvement with the Farm Bureau and other organizations that improve the quality of life for Arkansans.
ArFB will also announce the winners of its Young Farmer & Rancher competitions, which identify and highlight successful farms and ranches and the young farmers who are committed to these efforts.