Farmer Q&A: Dairy Farmer Matt Simon

Five Questions for Dairy Farmer Matt Simon Matt Simon, 43, is a dairy farmer. He farms with his father, Mike and his brothers Frederic, 47, and Jason, 42, at Simon Brothers Dairy just outside of Conway in Faulkner County. Q: What’s the most satisfying aspect of being a dairy farmer? A: The most satisfying thing […]

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Farmer Q&A: Brett Ausley Talks Wagyu

Brett Ausley is a young cattleman producing and marketing Wagyu beef on his family ranch in Hot Spring County. He got into Wagyu about five years ago and he’s selling it directly to consumers through social media and to local restaurants. We visited Ausley’s ranch for a conversation about his business. Here is our conversation: […]

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Farmer Q&A: Cattle Rancher and Poultry Farmer Allen Stewart

We recently sat down for a short Q & A with Allen Stewart, former Arkansas Farm Bureau board member and cattle and poultry farmer, on his ranch near Mena in Polk County. Stewart served 14 years on the ArFB board and continues to serve as president of Polk County Farm Bureau. Now 76-years-old, he reflects […]

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A Grape Legacy

For our Taste Arkansas column in the winter 2018 edition of Front Porch magazine, we paid a visit to a unique Arkansas institution in Altus, Post Winery. Joseph Post took some time to show us around the beautiful grounds and discuss his family business, its history and the more. Here are some select excerpts from […]

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Featured Farmer Recipe: Muscadine Cake

        by Gregg Patterson, Arkansas Farm Bureau A friend once told me “pie may be the All-American dessert, but cake is pure lust.” Taste Charlotte Wilchman’s Muscadine Cake, and you’ll certainly be caught up in “an overwhelming desire or craving” to experience it again… and again… and again. It’s that good. Charlotte […]

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Scenes from the State Fair

The Arkansas State Fair & Livestock Show officially kicked off on Thursday, Oct. 12, with a ribbon cutting at the Fairgrounds in Little Rock. The event marked the beginning of a wild week and a half for youth and families from around the state, as they wrangled, pulled, carried and cajoled their cattle, hogs, goats, […]

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Young Farmer & Rancher Spotlight: The Allen Family

The Allen family settled in Grant County and began raising cattle there in the late 1800’s. Jamey Allen and his wife Sara are continuing that legacy on a farm consisting of around 1,200 commercial crossbred beef mama cows spread across four counties. “Angus, Hereford, and Brahman are the predominant breeds in our herd,” says Jamey. […]

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Young Farmer & Rancher Spotlight: The Damrons

Craighead County’s Chris Damron is a first-generation farmer, an increasingly rare designation these days, as starting a farming operation “from scratch” can be a cost-prohibitive proposition. Damron says that he and his wife, Breanne, took on the challenge because “farming the land was my calling.” Chris and Breanne’s efforts have paid off, as their farming […]

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5C Spotlight: Meet Jennifer Cook

Jennifer Cook, owner of 5C Cattle Co. in Wooster (Faulkner County), is a first-generation cattle producer a graduate of the agriculture program at the University of Arkansas. She recently wrote a column for ArkansasBusiness.com about the importance of opening the China market to U.S. beef. In the column, she provided some interesting anecdotes about her […]

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