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 In Farm Bureau Baker named next ArFB EVP Rodney Baker, a 36-year employee of Arkansas Farm Bureau, has been named the organization’s next executive vice president. He will assume his new role effective Nov. 1, upon the retirement of current EVP Ewell Welch. Welch and Baker Baker will work closely the next several months to ensure a smooth management transition. ArFB’s board of directors met June 27 to determine the selection. The executive vice president serves as the chief executive officer, manages staff functions and reports to the board. Baker, 59, has served as ArFB’s director of Governmental Affairs since 1998, where he has led lobbying functions. A native of Brookland (Craighead Co.), he holds bachelors Matthew Ferguson of Manila (left) and Dominic Morquecho of West Memphis tackle a climbing course at the Teen Challenge Camp on June 17. Sixty-five students from 30 counties participated in the event at the Arkansas 4-H Center in Ferndale. During the four-day camp, students completed the 4-H ExCel program, attended leadership training, learned about Arkansas agriculture and enjoyed a high-ropes course, climbing wall, fishing, canoeing and more. and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Arkansas. He joined Farm Bureau in 1977, working in the commodity division. He later worked as director of governmental affairs-national, where he was ArFB’s lobbying contact with the state’s congressional delegation. “Rodney’s vision, background and deep understanding of the issues facing agriculture will enable him to step into this critical role and effectively lead our organization,” John Clark (left), University of Arkansas fruit breeding specialist, leads a tour of the Division of Agriculture’s Fruit Research Station in Clarksville as part of Arkansas Farm Bureau’s June 19 specialty crop summer commodity meeting. keith sutton photo said ArFB President Randy Veach. “The issues affecting agriculture are becoming more acute, as government support decreases and regulation increases. “Also, his understanding of the grassroots strength of this organization will help it remain relevant as we continue to strive to meet the founding objectives of Arkansas Farm Bureau. The organization was founded in 1935 to provide a collective voice for the men and women of agriculture. That need continues steve hignight photo A Publication of Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation July 5, 2013 • Vol. 16, No. 13

Farm Bureau Press - July 5, 2013

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