Randy Veach, Arkanss Farm Bureau President, will be the guest speaker at the North Logan County Annual Meeting. The annual membership meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 at 7 pm.
It will be held at the St. Benedict Catholic Church Parrish Hall, also known as the Subiaco Roundhouse.
Veach is in his tenth term as Arkansas Farm Bureau president, having been re-elected in December 2017. He previously served five years as the organization’s vice president and has been on the state board of directors since December 1999.
As a third-generation farmer, he and his wife Thelma farm on land cleared by his grandfather and father. Veach serves as a member of the American Farm Bureau board of directors where he serves as chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the International Trade Committee.
He is also president and chairman of the board of the Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, the first Arkansan to hold the office. He is a board member of the Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company, and American Ag Insurance Corp. He is also on the Farm Bureau BanCorp board, where he serves as a member of the bank’s Executive Committee.
In 2012, Veach received the Honorary American FFA Degree for lifetime service to youth and agriculture education, and has additionally received the Honorary State FFA Degree. In 2014, he was recognized as the Burlsworth Foundation’s Legends Honoree. Before joining the Arkansas Farm Bureau state board, Veach held several positions in Mississippi County Farm Bureau, including president and vice president. He also served on the county’s Soybean, State Affairs and National Legislative Affairs committees. He and his family were chosen as the 1998 Mississippi County Farm Family of the Year.
In June 2015, Veach was appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee for Tobacco, Cotton and Peanuts. He is a member of the Arkansas World Trade Center board of advisors. Veach has been involved with agricultural trade missions to Ireland, Mexico, China, Cuba, Panama, South Korea, Japan, Belgium and Switzerland.
A deacon at Little River Baptist Church, Veach is a trustee of B.M.A. Theological Seminary in Texas, and was past board director of Baptist Hospital in Mississippi County. He also served 10 years on the Manila School Board. Randy previously served as a member of the Arkansas State Plant Board and the board for the National Cotton Council, and Cotton, Inc. He has also been a member of the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board.
Randy and Thelma have one son, Brandon, and four grandchildren.