ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU: 2019 County Farm Families of the Year Named

Arkansas Farm Bureau issued the following announcement on May 1.

County farm families for the 72nd annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected.

The county winners will be visited by a set of judges to determine the eight district winners, who will be announced June 17. They will be visited again by a different set of judges in July to determine a state winner, who will be announced Dec. 12 at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon in North Little Rock.

The county winners are:

East Central District

Lee – Jeff Hickman, Marianna

Lonoke – I.F. Anderson Farms Inc., Lonoke

Monroe – Curtis Kirkpatrick Family, Holly Grove

Prairie – Chris Berg Family, Stuttgart

Pulaski – Jeremy, Emily and Benjamin Bemis, Little Rock

St. Francis – Hobbs Family, Colt

White – Lester and Ouida Cossey Family with Flying C Ranch, Searcy

Woodruff – Johnny W. and Jennifer Taylor, McCrory

North Central District

Baxter – Wes Henderson Family, Mountain Home

Cleburne – Eldon and Anne Fry, Quitman

Fulton – Justin and Rachel Luther

Independence – Kenny and Edwina Hurley, Cushman

Izard – Bo and Whitney Lord Family, Evening Shade

Marion – Mike and Darcy King Family, Yellville

Searcy – Triple T Cattle Company, Marshall

Sharp – The Nathan and Eddie Walling Families, Cave City

Stone – Jerry and Barbara Davis, Marcello

Van Buren – Alan and Angela Mahan with Rabbit Ridge Farms, Bee Branch

Northeast District

Clay – David Hatcher Family, Corning

Craighead – Heath and Mari Ann McGaughey, Lake City

Crittenden – Cooper Morrison, Earle

Cross – Matthews Sweet Potato Farm, Wynne

Greene – Pillow Fish Farm and Family, Paragould

Jackson – Young’s Generation Three Partnership Farms, Tuckerman

Lawrence – Steve Graham, Alicia

Mississippi – Robinson Melon Farms, Leachville

Poinsett – Jason and Tabithia Mullins, Trumann

Randolph – Weitkamp Farms Partnership, Pocahontas

Northwest District

Benton – Kevin and Jacqueline Smith Family, Decator

Boone – Jeff and Debbie Atkinson, Harrison

Carroll – Josh and Tonya McMahan, Green Forest

Crawford – Richard and Earlene Boone, Natural Dam

Franklin – Michael and Kasey Post, Altus

Johnson – Tanner and Amy Storment, Flat Rock

Madison – Greg Wheeler, Combs

Newton – Gene Davidson Family, Kingston

Washington – Pitts Family, Lincoln

Southeast District

Arkansas, N. – Chris and Heather Simpson, Stuttgart

Arkansas, S. – Gary and Meagan Padget, Almyra

Ashley – Brad Graham, Portland

Desha – Tony Wells, McGehee

Drew – Eubanks Farms, Wilmar

Jefferson – Dewayne Goldmon Family with Dell-Cam Farm, Inc., Pine Bluff

Lincoln – Johnathan and Sara Bottoms, Gould

Phillips – John and Kaleb Hall, Elaine

Southwest District

Bradley – Hamilton Farms, Hermitage

Calhoun – Allen Primm, Hampton

Hempstead – Donald and B.J. Hampton, Hope

Lafayette – Jamie and Kalen Knighton, Lewisville

Little River – La Voice Family, Ashdown

Nevada – Mike Cottingham, Prescott

Union – Charles and Debbie Foot, Tinsley

Western District

Conway – Duvall Farms, Hattieville

Faulkner – Schaefers Brothers Farms, Conway

Logan – Clark and Tori Parker, Magazine

Montgomery – Bob and Denise McCord with Dixieland Farm, Norman

Perry – Steve and Flora Harrington Family, Casa

Polk – Dean and June Wiles, Mena

Pope – Rusty and Rebecca Davis, Russellville

Yell – Dusty and Melanie Walker

West Central District

Clark – Stockton Family Farm, Okolona

Cleveland – Gary and Melody Spears, Rison

Dallas – Michael and Cecilia Berry with Bluebird Farm, Sparkman

Grant – Chad and Katie Harper, Prattsville

Hot Spring – Chris and Piper Nelson, Malvern

Howard – The Greene Family, Athens

Saline – Renae Breckling, Benton

Sevier – Josh and Twyla Morris and Marilyn Morris, Gillham

“The Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program recognizes great farmers and ranchers each year,” said Randy Veach, president, Arkansas Farm Bureau. “These families are involved in noble and important work to provide food, fiber and shelter to the world.

"Congratulations to these great farm families. We are pleased to honor their success, stewardship and commitment to Arkansas agriculture."

Since 1947, the Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program has served as a vehicle to recognized outstanding farm families throughout the state. The objectives of the Farm Family of the Year program is,

To give recognition and encouragement to farm families who are doing an outstanding job on their farm and in their community;

To gain recognition of the importance of agriculture in the community and state;

To disseminate information on improved farm practices and management.

The Farm Family of the Year program begins each year with the selection of top farm families in each county and culminates in December with the selection of the state Farm Family of the Year who will then go on to represent Arkansas at the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year. Arkansas has had two overall winners, Brian and Nan Kirksey of Clark County in 2008 and Wildy Family Farms of Mississippi County in 2016. All winners are judged on their farm production, efficiency, management, family life and rural/community leadership.

Sponsors of the Farm Family of the Year program are Arkansas Farm Bureau, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, and the three Farm Credit agencies that serve Arkansas: AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas and Midsouth Farm Credit. Additionally, support for the program is provided by the Arkansas Agriculture Department, Arkansas Department of Career Education, Arkansas Press Association, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development.

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.

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