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In Farm Bureau   Food Check-Out Week: Feb. 17-22 Food Check-Out Week 2013, with the theme “Stretching Your Grocery Dollar with Healthy, Nutritious Food,” will be Feb. 17-22. A national event is being planned in Phoenix in conjunction with the 2013 Joint National Leadership Conference. Promotional materials are available to order from Leadership conference The 2013 National Women’s Leadership Conference will be Apr. 5-8 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. The conference, with the theme “Engaged, Empowered & Strong,” is open to all women who are members of Farm Bureau. Early-bird registration pricing is available through Jan. 18; registration closes March 13. Contact Harry Willems (, ArFB’s coordinator of Women’s Leadership Programs, to register. Hotel reservations can be made online On Dec. 19, Jeremy Gillam of Judsonia (second from right), 2012 recipient of Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Stanley Reed Leadership Award, and ArFB President Randy Veach (right) presented a $5,000 donation from ArFB to UAMS development director Chasse Conque (left) and UAMS executive development director Renie Rule. The donation in Gillam’s name was made to support the Stanley Reed Memorial Endowment in Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Injury Prevention. at or by calling 877-603-4389 with reservation code SPWLC23. In Arkansas Steve Bryles dies Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission Director Steve Bryles, a former state senator, died Dec. 28 at age 55 after a battle with cancer. Bryles started work with the commission as deputy director in Jan. 2011, becoming executive director in March 2012. Prior to this, he was a member of the Arkansas Senate for Elisa Vu, a first grader at Tucker Elementary in Rogers, received a $25 prize from agency manager Doug Miller for winning Benton Co. FB’s ag coloring contest. keith sutton photo 10 years, representing Senate District 15. He also had more than 27 years of experience in the cotton industry. Gov. Mike Beebe issued a statement Bryles saying Bryles “was a good friend with a gentle heart who never wanted to stop helping people. His work was always deliberate, his dedication to public service unwavering and, regardless of the stakes, he always kept a level head.” Bryles leaves his wife, Pamela, and three children. benton co. fb photo A Publication of Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation January 4, 2013 • Vol. 16, No. 1

Farm Bureau Press - January 4, 2013

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