Arkansas' Veach elected president and chairman of Southern FB Life Insurance Company

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Randy Veach

LITTLE ROCK -- Randy Veach of Manila (Mississippi County) has been selected as president and chairman of the board of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company. In his eighth year as president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau, Veach has served on the SFBLIC board for the past 13 years.

A third-generation farmer, Veach grows cotton, soybean, corn and wheat on farmland cleared by his father and grandfather. He farms with his son Brandon.

Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company provides life insurance products in 11 states, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. It is headquartered in Jackson, Miss.

Veach is the first Arkansan to serve as chairman of SFBLIC. Arkansas Farm Bureau was among five founding members of SFBLIC in 1946. He also serves as a board member of the American Farm Bureau, the nation's largest farm advocacy organization.

"I am pleased to be able to continue to help Farm Bureau members," said Veach. "Providing products and services that improve the quality of life for our members is a key tenant of our mission statement. I appreciate the support of the SFBLIC board and will work to maintain their trust and confidence."

In June 2015, Veach was appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee for Tobacco, Cotton and Peanuts by U.S. Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. He is a member of the Arkansas World Trade Center board of advisors. Veach has been involved with agricultural trade missions to Mexico, China, Panama, South Korea, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland and Cuba.

A deacon at Little River Baptist Church, Veach served 10 years as a trustee of B.M.A. Theological Seminary in Texas, and was past board director of Baptist Hospital in Mississippi County. He also served 10 years on the Manila School Board. He previously served as a member of the Arkansas State Plant Board and the board for the National Cotton Council, and Cotton, Inc. He has also been a member of the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board.

In 2012, Veach received the Honorary American FFA Degree for lifetime service to youth and agriculture education, and has additionally received the Honorary State FFA Degree. In 2014, he was recognized as the Burlsworth Foundation's Legends Honoree.

Before joining the Arkansas Farm Bureau state board in 1999, Veach held several positions in Mississippi County Farm Bureau, including president and vice president. He also served on the county's Soybean, State Affairs and National Legislative Affairs committees. He and his family were chosen as the 1998 Mississippi County Farm Family of the Year.

Veach and his wife Thelma have four grandchildren.

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