Arkansas County Agricultural Agents Association (ACAAA)
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,
It is an honor and blessing to serve as your ACAAA president. I want to say “Thank you” to Stewart Runsick for his outstanding leadership in 2019. Our association is stronger because of his and other agents’ endless work and dedication. We have had many outstanding leaders involved in this association and many of them continue to serve as mentors to other agents. ACAAA is a strong professional organization because of its past leadership and loyal members.
Our association continues to gain strength and stability each year. It is encouraging to see so many new and experienced agents serving in leadership roles and participating in leadership and professional improvement opportunities. We had 15 members, 1 administrator, 1 life member and 5 guests attend the 2019 AM/PIC in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Four of those attending presented posters or gave presentations. Arkansas had many award winners as well. We had 3 National Achievement Award and 3 Distinguished Service Award winners, 1 regional finalist, 2 national finalists and 1 national winner. We need to continue to apply for awards and showcase the outstanding educational programs our members are conducting in Arkansas.
The 2019 annual meeting in Pocahontas was great. The professional improvement tour included educational stops about peanuts, aircrafts and poultry. We also completed committee work and gained professional improvement through our association meeting. We are working hard to bring you another outstanding annual meeting in 2020. The meeting will take place March 25 – 27, 2020 in southwest Arkansas in Arkadelphia.
Since joining ACAAA, I have had the opportunity to participate in numerous state and national AM/PICs, the JCEP and PILD conferences and several other professional meetings. I have definitely grown professionally during my Extension career. We have an outstanding association with great members. I strongly encourage each of you to become more active in our state association, and if you have not attended a national meeting make plans to attend one in the near future.
Make plans to attend our meeting on December 4, 2019 in conjunction with the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s annual convention (Little Rock Marriott - 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, AR), the state annual meeting and professional improvement conference in March (Lake DeGray, Arkadelphia, AR) and the 2020 National AM/PIC, July 19-24, 2020, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your ACAAA president, but most importantly “Thank you” for all of your thoughts and prayers last year as I went through two life changing events. I will say to all of you, I am one of God’s miracles. I encourage each of you to continue conducting successful educational programs and to become more active in our state association.
I am looking forward to a great year.
Cindy Ham – 2019-2020 ACAAA President