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 In Farm Bureau “Our Food Link” kickoff On March 5, farmer and rancher members of Farm Bureau from around the country officially kicked off the organization’s new “Our Food Link” program in conjunction with a conference for state leaders of Women’s Leadership and Promotion & Education programs. “Our Food Link is a year-round program that county and state Farm Bureaus use to provide consumers of all ages and backgrounds with information about today’s agriculture,” explained Terry Gilbert, a Kentucky farmer and chair of the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. The AFBWLC spearheads the program with participation open to all Farm Bureau members. “People want to know where their food comes from and who is growing or raising it,” Gilbert said. “Helping people connect with sources of clothing, food, shelter and energy in their communities is the foundation of this multifaceted new program,” she said. On March 7, at its 26th annual induction luncheon in Little Rock, the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame honored six individuals whose leadership and service have brought distinction to the state’s largest industry: (front row, from left) Ruben H. Johnson of Magazine, Leroy Isbell of England, Marion Berry of Gillett, (back row) Jim Smith (accepting for his late father, J. Keith Smith of Hot Springs), Keith Lusby of Fayetteville and O.H. “Doogie” Darling of Crossett.  Our Food Link activities range from outreach at supermarkets or farmers’ markets to hosting interactive booths at community events, speaking with lawmakers and neighbors about food, and visiting classrooms to help students understand agricultural topics. Other program ideas include an Adopt-a-Farmer program, fun runs, garden projects and foodie events. Our Food Link activities also may include the collection of food and monetary On March 13, ArFB President Randy Veach (right) discussed Arkansas agriculture with British Consul-General Andrew Millar (center) and Mark Kent, first secretary for the British Embassy, who were in Little Rock for a meeting about the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a trade agreement being negotiated between the U.S. and European Union. KEITH SUTTON photo donations for Ronald McDonald House or other charities. About 15 Farm Bureau members shopped for and donated food to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C. during kickoff week. The connection between Farm Bureau and Ronald McDonald House Charities was forged in the mid-1990s. Since then, Farm Bureau members have donated more than $3 million in food and monetary contribu- STEVE EDDINGTON photo A Publication of Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation March 21, 2014 • Vol. 17, No. 6

Farm Bureau Press - March 21, 2014

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