LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee for Tobacco, Cotton and Peanuts.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee for Tobacco, Cotton and Peanuts.


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman made the announcement on Tuesday, the Farm Bureau said Wednesday in a news release.


Veach, a soybean and cotton farmer from Manila, is in his seventh term as president of the Farm Bureau. He also serves on the organization’s board of directors.


Another Arkansan, Dow Brantley of Brantley Farming of England, was named to the Agricultural Policy Committee.


The appointments expire at the end of 2019.


The advisory committee system was created by Congress in 1974 to ensure that U.S. trade policy and trade negotiating objectives adequately reflect public and private interests. The committees advise the secretary of agriculture and the U.S. trade representative on a wide range of agricultural trade issues.


Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.