South Logan County Farm Bureau members were among almost 500 who attended Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 69th annual Officers and Leaders Conference July 24-25 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Attending were county president Joe Haller, Sarah Haller, Tori Parker and Clark Parker.

The theme for this year’s conference was “Innovation Generation.” A variety of workshops and speakers addressed issues important to farm and ranch leaders. Highlights included comments from Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach of Manila and keynote speakers Troy and Stacy Hadrick, ranchers from South Dakota who are pioneers in the agricultural advocacy movement.

Workshops at the conference covered topics such as pesticide container disposal, worker protection standards, the 2017 legislative session, implementing successful young farmers and ranchers and women’s programs, livestock and crops policy development and the new Arkansas Farm Bureau Foundation. Farm Bureau also recognized the state’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award winners, Austin and Amber Kennon of Mountain View, and the state Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award winners, Chris and Breanne Damron of Jonesboro.

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families working to improve farm and rural life.