Armstead M. Feland, IIIwas raised on a farm in Kentucky. He attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky. His work in farmer cooperatives began in 1947, when he was hired as a manager trainee in a local farm supply cooperative in the Southern States Cooperative organization. Mr. Feland was hired to manage Arkansas Farmers Association (now SFA) in 1957, and agricultural cooperatives gained a spokesman and leader. While building SFA into one of the most successful agriculture supply cooperatives, he found time to serve on many boards and assist groups in efforts to strengthen agriculture and overall economic development in the state. Mr. Feland has held numerous positions related to his interests in agriculture. He has served as chairman of the Mississippi Chemical Corporation, chairman of the National Council of Farmer Coops, chairman and trustee of the American Institute of Cooperation, and chairman of the Board of the Sixth District Farm Credit Board, the St. Louis Bank for Cooperatives, the Federal Land Bank and the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank. Mr. Feland has served as a director for organizations too numerous to list, but including: Agricultural Cooperative Development International, the Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership, the Arkansas 4-H Foundation, the Arkansas FFA Foundation and Arkansas State Council on Economic Education. Mr. Feland, has been an active church member and has served on the State Board of the Arkansas Christian Churches.