Arkansas Farm Bureau promotes two

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Evan Teague has been named vice president of Environmental Issues at Arkansas Farm Bureau, where he will focus on the intersection of agricultural and environmental issues. He previously served the organization as vice president of Commodity and Regulatory Affairs.

John Bailey will assume responsibilities as vice president of Commodity and Regulatory Affairs and will have management responsibility for the employees who direct the state’s commodity checkoff programs, Farm Bureau’s economic research, as well as state and federal regulatory analysis.

“Arkansas Farm Bureau has been a pioneer in providing this type of focus on environmental issues,” said Jeff Pitchford, executive vice president for Arkansas Farm Bureau. “In am excited that Evan’s background and experiences will be brought together to focus exclusively on the environmental issues that surround agriculture.”

Teague joined Farm Bureau in 2004 as the organization’s first environmental specialist and later became the director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs. He spent almost eight years as an engineering consultant before joining Farm Bureau. Teague was appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to the Nutrient Water Quality Trading Advisory Panel, where he chaired the Non-Point Source Subcommittee.

Bailey has deep management experience. He joined Farm Bureau in 2016, and most recently served as director of Commodity and Regulatory Affairs. Bailey also spent 16 years with the Arkansas Division of Environmental Quality, ending his tenure there as senior operations manager and assistant chief, where he managed more than 50 staff members. He also worked four years as a supervisor for Baxter Healthcare in Mountain Home.