South Logan County Farm Bureau members were among more than 500 who attended Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 68th annual Officers and Leaders Conference July 18-19 at the North Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale.

The theme for this year’s conference was “Healthy Agriculture, Strong America.” 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 a discussion of water quality research at C&H Hog Farm by Dr. Andrew Sharpley with the University of Arkansas’ Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences.

Workshops at the conference covered topics such as state ballot issues, demonstrations on agricultural technology, the state’s plan to deal with chronic wasting disease, federal programs for livestock producers, a review of commodity markets and a discussion on land-use practices.

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.