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Arkansas Farm Bureau Promotes Pistole to Director of Public Relations

The Arkansas Farm Bureau (ArFB) Federation announced that Bryan Pistole has been promoted to Director of Public Relations. The promotion comes after eight years with the Federation, where he most recently served as creative director. Pistole has more than 30 years of experience in graphic design, video production, web services and event management.
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Arkansas Farm Bureau Selects Leaders, Sets Policy

HOT SPRINGS — Rich Hillman of Carlisle was re-elected as Arkansas Farm Bureau’s president and Mike Freeze of Little Rock will continue as vice president for the agriculture advocacy organization. Both were elected Friday morning at Farm Bureau’s 88th Annual Convention at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Delegates also elected six board members during the final day of the meeting, including three new board members.
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Craighead Named Top Farm Bureau County in 2022

HOT SPRINGS – Craighead County is the state’s top county Farm Bureau organization for 2022. Arkansas Farm Bureau President Rich Hillman and Vice President Mike Freeze presented the organization’s President’s Award to Craighead Farm Bureau President Drew Davis on Dec. 1 at the 88th Annual Arkansas Farm Bureau Convention at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
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Arkansas Farm Bureau Honors Women Leaders

HOT SPRINGS — The Women’s Leadership Committee from Craighead County is the Outstanding County Women’s Program award winner for 2022. The group was recognized Dec. 1 during Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 88th Annual Conference at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Committee chair Brittany Barnes accepted the award for Craighead County.
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Bearden Named YF&R Discussion Meet Winner

HOT SPRINGS — Rachel Bearden won the Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet at the Arkansas Farm Bureau 88th Annual Convention on Thursday in Hot Springs. Bearden will now compete at the American Farm Bureau Federation conference scheduled for January in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Beebe High School Teacher is Farm Bureau’s 2022 Outstanding Ag Educator

HOT SPRINGS – Arkansas Farm Bureau recognized Darren Hawkins of Beebe High School in White County as its Outstanding Ag Educator. Concord High School’s Caleb Payton earned the Outstanding New Ag Educator Award, and Cedar Ridge High School grabbed the top spot as the Outstanding Ag Education Program. All were recognized at Farm Bureau’s 88th Annual Convention, Nov. 30, at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
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Mark Morgan Earns Farm Bureau Leadership Award

Mark Morgan of Clarksville is the 2022 recipient of the Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award from the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. Morgan accepted the award Nov. 30 during the organization’s 88th annual conference at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Arkansas Farm Bureau President Rich Hillman and Charlene Reed, widow of ArFB’s late president, presented the award.
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Teague, Bailey Draw New Assignments at ArFB

Evan Teague has been named Vice President of Environmental Issues at Arkansas Farm Bureau, where he will focus on the intersection of agricultural and environmental issues. He previously served the organization as Vice President of Commodity and Regulatory Affairs. John Bailey will assume responsibilities as Vice President of Commodity and Regulatory Affairs and will have management responsibility for the employees who direct the state’s commodity checkoff programs, Farm Bureau’s economic research, as well as state and federal regulatory analysis.
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Farm Bureau Defines Ballot Issue Positions

Arkansas Farm Bureau has announced opposition to Issues 1 and 4 in the upcoming general election, while supporting Issue 2, which would provide a higher threshold for items to be added to the state constitution.
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