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Faulkner County Farm Bureau leaders Matt Simon (left) and Joe and Renee Thrash, all of Conway, were among the almost 200 Arkansans who attended the 94th annual Meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville, Tenn. The event, which took place Jan. 13-16, provided farm and ranch leaders from across the United States an opportunity to network with fellow Farm Bureau leaders, attend an agriculture trade show and learn about current agriculture issues, including 2013 commodity outlooks, social media’s role in agriculture, crop insurance and energy development. Matt is a member of the county board of directors. Joe is chairman of the county Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, and Renee is chairwoman of the county agriculture in the Classroom committee. Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more than 200,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.