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Republican Rick Crawford (from left), Farm Bureau President Blake Cox and Democrat Chad Causey visit at the 63rd Annual Farm Bureau Meeting on Monday night at the Van Ellis Cafetorium. Crawford and Causey are both candidates for U.S. Congress, District 1.
TD Photo ~ Gloria Wilkerson

Farm Bureau holds
63rd Annual Meeting

Gloria Wilkerson
Staff Writer

"There has never been a more heated time or a better opportunity than now to get involved in politics," Lawrence County Farm Bureau President Blake Cox told those attending the 63rd annual Farm Bureau meeting on Monday night in Walnut Ridge School's Van Ellis Cafetorium.

"Speak up. Everybody has something they feel strongly about in today's world," he said. "Healthcare and expiring tax credits will change the way farmers and small business owners will do business in the future."

He said that Farm Bureau is a grass roots organization and encouraged those attending to talk to their political representatives and let them know what their concerns are.

"I would like to challenge you to get behind a candidate, support them and help effect a change you would like to see," Cox said. "Get involved."

Guest speakers for the evening were Republican Rick Crawford and Democrat Chad Causey, both candidates for U.S. Congress, District 1.

Crawford told members that he knows small business owners are having a hard time making payrolls and that the new Federal Healthcare plan will make it even harder.

"We need a sound fiscal plan," Crawford said. "I've never lived in Washington, and I know what it's like to be on the bottom financially. I would like to be your checkpoint in the Obama administration."

Causey told the audience that the country is $14 trillion in debt and is involved in two wars. "The economy is bad and people can't find jobs," he said.

"People in Washington are fighting each other and getting nothing done," Causey said. "Republicans and Democrats work together in church and at their jobs, but not in Washington."

"We need to protect Social Security and Medicare and create good jobs here. I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and go to work for you," he said.

The candidates spoke to between 375 and 400 Farm Bureau members and guests who attended the meeting and enjoyed a meal catered by Fred's Fish House of Batesville.

Cox introduced the 2010 Farm Family of the Year, the Terry and Jeff Boothe families, and presented them with plaques in honor of their years and hard work in farming.

The board of directors was re-elected including: John Andrews, Hunter Burris, Kerry Callahan, Blake Cox, Jerry Cox, Harold Forehand, Tori Hicks, Andrew Jones, Larry Jones, Ray Moseley, Jim Perkins, Cap Phillips, James Ratliff, Ray Stone, Heath Teel, Roger Tinsley and Douglas Wayland. Officers for the coming year will be elected at next month's Farm Bureau board meeting.

Door prizes were awarded at the conclusion of the meeting.

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