Young Farmers and Ranchers meeting held in Keiser

Monday, March 11, 2013

Mississippi county Farm Bureau sponsored a Young Farmers and Ranchers meeting at the Northeast Research and Extension Center in Keiser on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Pictured from left are: Dr. Dharmendra Saraswat, Associate Professor Ext. Engineer; Heath Donner, chair for the Mississippi County Young Farmers and Ranchers; Heath Adkisson, president of Mississippi County Farm Bureau; Harry Willems, Associate Director Member Programs with Arkansas Farm Bureau; Dr. Fred Bourland, director of Research and Extension Center, Keiser; Ray Benson, UofA Extension Service; Robert Earl Davis, area humorist; and Mark Bryles with Mississppi County Farm Bureau. Not pictured is guest speaker Scott Stiles, Extension Economist UofA.

The seminar on modern day topics for professional farmers was informative with topics including cotton, soybean, corn and rice outlook-budgets; agricultural applications for Smart Phones; and Young Farmers and Ranchers activities.

Entertainment was provided by humorist Robert Earl Davis and lunch was catered by Razorback Catering.

Heath Donner chair for the Young Farmers and Ranchers welcomed everyone and thanked those who worked to helped to make the event possible.

Heath Adkisson, Mississippi County Farm Bureau president, also welcomed everyone.

Participating speakers for the program were Scott Stiles, Extension Economist University of Arkansas who spoke on budget outlooks and market strategy; Dr. Dharmendra Saraswat, associate professor Extension Engineer who presented a power point presentation on Agricultural Applications for Smart Phones and other electronics and how the technology can be utilized to benefit farmers.

Harry Willems, Associate Director of Member Program with Arkansas Farm Bureau gave an update on the Young Farmers & Ranchers activities including their recent convention held Feb. 22-23 in Little Rock. He said it was a family event with something for everyone. He also spoke about the state programs available including the Ag-in-the Classroom educational materials available throughout the year. He also talked about the safety programs available to adult groups, 4-H groups, and schools.

Robert Earl Davis, local humorist, entertained the group with his stories with the theme, "laughter keeps you young."

A lunch of barbecue ribs, chicken, baked beans, and potatoes, was served at the end of the meeting.

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