Annual Farm Bureau meeting held in Burdette

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Farm Bureau holds annual meeting.

Mississippi County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting Monday, Aug. 25, at the Arkansas Northeastern College in Burdette.

President John Tipton announced Bill Sullivan is the new federation manager.

"He will have some big shoes to fill," Tipton said. "Mark Bryles has retired as our federal manager. Bill will do a good job for us."

Keith and Jill Forrester received the Mississippi County and District Farm Family Awards.

Also in attendance was Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach.

Brandon Veach, first vice president, recognized the officials attending including Senator David Burnett, Rep. Wes Wagner, Rep. Monte Hodges, Mayor Wayne Wagner and former Rep. Charles Moore. He also recognized the state board members.

Ray Benson, Extension Service chair, introduced the 2014 Mississippi County Farm Family, Keith and Jill Forrester, of near Tyronza. He presented a Power Point presentation of their farm operation. The Forresters grow vegetables, berries and cut flowers.

They are a second generation Mississippi County Farm family. Keith's father received the award in 1974.

The Forresters were presented a plaque. They also received the District Farm Family Award.

"This is an honor for me," Keith said. "I am grateful to a lot of people, especially Jill."

He gave credit to his mother and siblings, saying there are all a big part of it.

"We have been blessed," Forrester said. "I work hard every day and love my wife and son. I love Mississippi County and the state of Arkansas. This award means a lot to us."

Jeremy Wesson, district director for Northeast Arkansas, recognized Mississippi County, officers, and board members.

He recognized Mike Sullivan, former state board member, Sherry Felts, present state board member, President Randy Veach and his wife, Thelma.

"You all have represented Mississippi County and the State of Arkansas well," Wesson said.

Rev. Horace Tipton was the guest speaker presenting a Power Point presentation on life in Kenya where he served eight years as a missionary with Planting Faith Ministries.

"Abundance to the African farmers does not have the same meaning as abundance to the American farmers," Rev. Tipton said. Abundance to the farmers in Kenya means not having to go to bed hungry."

He said the average farmer plants one to five acres and all of the work is done by hand. He said they encouraged the farmers to work together to raise marketable products.

The barbecue dinner was catered by Razorback Cookers.

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