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Arkansas Farm Bureau Convention Set for Nov. 28-30

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The Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 84th annual convention will be held Nov. 28-30 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Ted McKinney, USDA undersecretary for Trade & Foreign Agricultural Affairs; Anne Idsal, regional administrator for EPA’s South Central Region; comedian Ed Wiley; and Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach will speak at the event.

Stephanie Payne of “I’m Alive 2 Thrive” will deliver a keynote address at the Women’s Leadership luncheon that is planned as part of the convention.

The convention is expected to attract more than 1,000 farmers and ranchers and will include a trade show that features vendors of farm services, equipment and supplies. This year’s theme is “Empower Your Grassroots.”

The convention will offer workshops on engaging the public, leadership, effective advocacy communication and legislative session previews, and discussions that cover management and profitability for livestock, row crop and specialty crop producers.

Farm Bureau’s annual business session, where voting delegates define the organization’s policy positions on items of importance to its members, will conclude the event. The delegate body will also elect a president and vice president.

In addition, awards will be presented to county Farm Bureaus. The organization will recognize its Classroom Teacher of the Year, Ag Education Instructor of the Year, host the Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet and present the Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award.

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