Back row left to right: Mitch Fry (VBCFB Board vice president), Leon Wilson and James Ragland (VBCFB board members), Regina Chaney & Danny Griffin (UofA Cooperative Extension Agents-VBC). Front row left to right: Andy Andregg (VBCFB Board President), Stephen Matthews (Chairman-Young Farmers And Ranchers Committee), Sheila Brown and Cindy Wilson (Co-Chair Women’s Committee). Not pictured: Shirley Andregg and Jimmy Brown.
Farm Bureau’s 47th Annual Convention was attended by our local board and committee members recently in Hot Springs. Van Buren County Farm Bureau is one of seventy-five county Farm Bureau Organizations that represent the agricultural interests of its members.
Andy Andregg, our local board president, proudly accepted three different prestigious awards that represented the dedication and hard work of our local committees. The first and most coveted award was a plaque for “Ten Gold Stars”.
Only twelve counties earned this recognition of outstanding achievement in the ten areas of service. The second award, “The Merit Award,” singled out the elite nine counties for their exceptional projects and programs. The third award, “The Achievement Award,” was for overall recognition. Our board and members won the region’s second place honor for this award.
Stephen and Amanda Matthews, members of the local Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, competed and won second place at the convention in the state Agriculture Excellence competition. Farm Bureau recognizes the value of including young farmers in our growing organization. Beyond those amazing accomplishments, our dedicated women’s committee was recognized as the Outstanding Women’s Committee in the North Central Region (District 5) for the fourth consecutive year.
Cindy Wilson accepted the award on behalf of this enthusiastic committee. Not to brag, but the ladies in our organization set the bar high for other Farm Bureau women’s groups. They work hard throughout the year. Peer recognition is rewarding and our ladies deserve to celebrate their successes. Dedication to promoting all aspects of agricultural awareness is a worthwhile goal for all committee and board members.
Agriculture supports “one quarter” of Arkansas’ economy. Many don’t realize how dependent Arkansas is on agriculture. Farm Bureau’s active presence in Van Buren County is important to the 23,000 member families of our state and to the 2200 member families of our county. 2012 was a productive and rewarding year for the Farm Bureau Organization.