Last week members of Arkansas Farm Bureau gathered in Hot Springs for the summer Officers and Leaders Conference. As an organization and individually, we were deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our past leader Stanley Reed. During Stanley's leadership, Arkansas Farm Bureau adopted a mission statement that defines our organization perfectly. Using this statement, Stanley guided and encouraged each of us to move forward for agriculture as we:
- Advocate the interests of agriculture in the public arena
- Disseminate information concerning the value and importance of agriculture
- Provide products and services which improve the quality of life for our members
I'm thankful for the privilege to have known Stanley and for the difference he has made for Arkansas Farm Bureau, the citizens of Arkansas, and to me personally.