The crowd enjoyed a great meal, fellowship and recognition at the Sharp County Farm Bureau's Annual meeting on Oct. 10 at the Sharp County Fairgrounds.
The meeting was called to order by President Ken Billiot.
Numerous children and young adults were recognized for their participation in Farm Bureau sponsored community contests promoting agricultural awareness and education, including the Sew With Cotton and Dairy Contest Winners.
The Sew With Cotton winners sewed an ensemble with cotton, each as varied as the individual. Donning their unique and classy outfits, the women stood before the crowd to show their accomplishments.
The Dairy Contest winners were then recognized. Each of the children, who also participate in 4-H, prepared dishes utilizing dairy products to win prizes.
Several winners spoke to the crowd about the dishes they presented for the judges during the competition.
Finally, poster contest and MASH and National Leadership participants were introduced. Two of the national leadership participants thanked the Farm Bureau for allowing them to learn through job shadowing.
They said they would love to take part in the program again and recommended the experience to the younger children.
Ken Billiot read to the group the resolutions the Sharp County Farm Bureau supported at the state level.
These include Resolution 163 which calls on state government and the Department of Rural Services to work closely to promote improved rural water systems, broadband, telephone services, and natural gas.
Sharp County is currently in the process of signing up prospective users for a proposed natural gas system.
The Farm Bureau also supports Resolution 129, the repeal of the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
The Farm Bureau supports creating a market for the disposal of equestrian livestock.
Finally, the organization supports Resolution 115 which supports the $1 per head fee for brucellosis, reallocating the fee to other Bovine health issues.
Justin and Tammy Davis, the Sharp County Farm Family of the Year for 2011 were introduced by Tim Praught.
The Davis' farm at Sidney includes chickens, cattle and pumpkins. Justin, Tammy and their son's, Lane and Tator Davis, were presented with a plaque for the honor.
The Batesville Guard and Areawide Media were honored for contributions to promoting agriculture in the media. Leslie Malland accepted the award for the Guard and Tammy Curtis accepted Areawide Media's plaque.
Guest Speaker Randy Veach spoke to the group about the importance of agriculture and its impact on the world. Veach is a lifelong farmer.
After the installment of officers for the 2011 -12 year, door prizes were awarded before adjournment.
The Farm Bureau is an independent, voluntary organization of farm and ranch families, united for the purpose of analyzing problems and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity, social advancement and the national well-being.
Farm Bureau is nonpartisan, nonsectarian, nongovernmental and non-secret in character. Farm Bureau strives to be the voice of agricultural producers at all levels.