Farm Bureau Hosts Annual County Meeting

Thursday, September 7, 2017
The Dalton family was recognized as the Clay County Farm Family of the Year
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The annual Clay County Farm Bureau meeting was held Monday, Aug. 28, at the M.B. Ainley Community Center in Corning. The meeting was called to order by county board president Jeremy Wiedemann, with the Corning High School FFA officers leading the Pledge of Allegiance and board member Keith Woolverton offering the invocation.

About 150 members and guests enjoyed the meal, prepared by Big Daddy's Pigalicious BBQ of Corning. Serving the meal were members of the Corning FFA, under the direction of adviser Sarah Green. In appreciation, the Farm Bureau presented the chapter with a check in support of their program.

Also introduced were the M*A*S*H participants, Hunter McNeely of Rector along with Carley Vallance, Carley Johnson and Steffani Hampton of Corning. Austin Francis was also recognized as recipient of the annual Farm Bureau scholarship, given to a graduating senior. Austin is currently attending Arkansas State University.

The Clay County Farm Family of the Year was also recognized with Extension staff chair Stewart Runsick presenting Darrell and Ellen Dalton, and family, with a plaque in recognition of the honor. The Daltons own and operate Pumpkin Hollow, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The Daltons also handed out door prizes promoting their upcoming season.

Nominating committee member Keith Woolverton then presented Randal Coleman, Terry Pollard, Louis Ahrent, David Hatch and Don McNeely as candidates for a three year term on the board of directors. Andy Vangilder was also nominated from the floor.

Afterward, all were elected as presented.

Four new resoltions were also adopted, and sent to the state for consideration at the annual convention in December.

State Senator Blake Johnson gave the legislative report, and thanked the group for their support while offering his services to the constituents.

Hannah Blankenship, the recent winner of the Arkansas FFA Creed Speaking Contest, served as the guest speaker. She gave an inspiring message about agriculture, what it means to her and the importance to our region.

Agency manager Cliff Gifford gave the financial report, recognized the agents and MSRs in each offce as well as the district sales manager, Sam Arnett.

Amber Gifford, Kyle Wiedeman and Maddie Coleman assisted with handing out the door prizes. Gifford and Wiedeman also provided the table decorations, along with their helpers.

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