The Arkansas County Agents Association is a professional organization which is designed to give dignity to, and stimulate a personal pride in the opportunity to serve the people of Arkansas in a profession as important as agriculture and related fields. Your Association has a responsibility in carrying the message of the Land-Grant College to the people.
Through this organization we shall have the opportunity of demonstrating the value of teamwork in every branch of the Land-Grant College. The Association is always interested in the growth and improvement of the University and in improving ourselves professionally so that we may represent the University at its best. We must also act as a recruiting agent for getting more students enrolled in the College of Agriculture. The Arkansas County Agricultural Agents' Association is a member of the National Association of County Agents, sending delegates to the National Association Annual Meeting each year. The Arkansas County Agricultural Agents' Association cooperates with the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, United States Department of Agriculture and other Agricultural Agencies. The objectives of this organization shall be to encourage a high standard of professional performance; to promote a high degree of cooperation and loyalty; to improve the effectiveness of Cooperative Extension work, and to carry out the policies and programs of the Land-Grant Colleges in the United States.
Dear ACAAA Members,
A year has passed since we hosted the 2016 AM/PIC, and 2017 was a little more laid back but still very successful for our organization and members. Many of our members attended the NACAA AM/PIC in Salt Lake City, Utah in July where they were recognized for their hard work by receiving awards from DSA, AA, to Awards in Excellence for the great programs our Agents have conducted.
We also had a great 2017 State meeting at Fort Smith planned and hosted by Past President Shaun Rhodes. We were made aware of some struggles we may face as an organization over the next few years by our Extension Administration Team. These struggles are not new and as a team we could overcome them by making ourselves more visible across the state.
I thank you for electing me to lead the ACAAA into 2018. Since the 2017 state meeting ended, I have been planning the 2018 state meeting that will be held March 28, 29, and 30 in Fairfield Bay, AR here in Van Buren County. Fairfield Bay is located on Greer’s Ferry Lake and known to have two of the state’s best golf courses. You should plan to come early or stay late to enjoy some good fishing or play a round of golf.
Over that past few years, we have seen a little growth in membership in the ACAAA. This increased membership has allowed us to have 3 DSA and 3 AA winners on the national level each year, and we hope to be able to maintain this. The need to increase membership to the ACAAA is more important than the number of award recipients we can have at the national level. We should strive to recruit new members. So if you know any new, young, old, or experienced agents or specialists that aren’t members, please encourage them to join this organization.
Again, I invite you to Fairfield Bay in March for the ACAAA annual meeting and professional improvement conference. I also hope you will mark your calendar to attend the NACAA Annual Meeting/Professional Improvement Conference in Chattanooga, TN July 29 – August 2, 2018. Please consider applying for awards, conducting a presentation, or presenting a poster on your successful programs. Thank you again for allowing me to lead the ACAAA in 2018.
2017-2018 ACAAA President