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,
What a busy and successful time we had in 2016! The 2016 NACAA AMPIC that we hosted in Little Rock in July was a huge success. Sherri Sanders and others have shared many of the glowing comments that we have received since the event.
Hosting a National Meeting is at least a five year commitment and requires the relentless dedication of the State Association. In addition, our administration provided outstanding support and help to the ACAAA during the entire process. Our association also owes a great appreciation to Sherri Sanders and Jerry Clemons for their tireless dedication and organization as co-chairs of the 2016 NACAA AMPIC. All the committee chairs and many others that worked so hard to pull off this event are commended as well.
I am honored to serve as your President for the 2016-2017 year. I have been planning the state meeting to be held on March 30th and 31st. We will be hosting the meeting in Ft Smith this year with the Doubletree by Hilton as the host hotel. I encourage you to submit award applications this year, as these are an excellent opportunity to showcase the work you do in the county.
Our membership has been a bright spot the past few years with increasing numbers. Please encourage our new hires to join and any others that are eligible for membership. Also, our members should remain engaged with the various activities and educational opportunities ACAAA and NACAA provide. Submitting an award application, publishing a poster, attending the state meeting, and going to AMPIC are a few ways you can participate in your association.
The 2017 NACAA AMPIC will be held on July 9-13 in Salt Lake City, Utah. We can all have a greater appreciation for the effort Utah and the surrounding States are putting forth to make this an outstanding AMPIC. Again, I greatly appreciate the honor of serving as your President and I look forward to a successful year for the ACAAA.
2016-2017 ACAAA President