Farm Bureau members were challenged to tell their stories of family farming during the 103rd annual meeting of the Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB). The meeting theme “Agvocate,” stressed the importance of farmers and ranchers talking about production agriculture and farm life.

During the meeting, members heard from several Missouri Congressmen, a whole slate of statewide elected officials, including Governor Eric Greitens, and communications experts. The meeting took place December 3-5 at Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks and wrapped up with voting delegates passing legislative priorities for 2018.

In his annual address to the group, MFB President Blake Hurst said “Our voice matters when we weigh in on public policies that impact farmers, rural Missourians and the hundreds of thousands of citizens in small towns and wide places in the road who need and deserve a voice in 114 county seats, in Jefferson City and in Washington, D.C.”

The Lawrence County Farm Bureau joined more than 1,200 other members from throughout the state to formulate those policies on issues that affect their livelihood and the economy. Those attending from Lawrence County were Boyd Arthur, Retah Arthur, Mark Fellwock, Tom Wilks, Carolyn Wilks, Reagan Bluel, Neal Bluel, Stephanie Fizette, and Ben Fizette.

At the meeting, the Lawrence County Farm Bureau was recognized for outstanding program achievements. Lawrence County Farm Bureau President Ben Fizette accepted the award for the county from Hurst.

The county achieved recognition as the top county in District 7 by going over membership quota for 2017 with a total of 914 members and received the maximum six gold stars for excellence in several program areas. Lawrence County Farm Bureau was recognized for having top programs in membership, marketing/commodities, public policy/FARM-PAC, Young Farmers and Ranchers/leadership development, public relations/promotion and education, and quota. In addition, Lawrence County received a second-place award in special projects for its “Hatching Chicks in the Classroom” project.

More than 1,200 Farm Bureau members and agricultural leaders attended the annual meeting of the state’s largest general farm organization.