2016 East Central District Farm Family of the Year – Chris & Nesha Smith

In this day and time, you don’t see many first generation farmers as it’s a hard business to get into, but Chris and Nesha Smith have defeated the odds. They purchased their farm in 2004 and have worked diligently to build their cattle herd and instill in their 10-year-old daughter their same passion for agriculture. […]

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Fall Farm to Table Recipes

It may not feel like fall just yet, but it’s time for our fall issue of Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Front Porch magazine (which you can see here). This fall’s issue focuses the bountiful harvest of Arkansas farmers that helps fill our holiday tables or football tailgate plates at this time of year. Whether it’s turkey, […]

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John & Mikki Hamilton ~East Central Farm Family of the Year

John Hamilton grew up farming alongside his dad. He decided to follow in his father’s footsteps his junior year of college. Thanks to a young farmer loan, John purchased two new tractors and began renting land. However, poor prices and tough ground made for five difficult years that nearly forced John out of farming. Things […]

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PHIL & LESIA HAMAKER, Southwest District Farm Family of the Year

Phil and Lesia Hamaker grew up on small farms. Each of their grandparents grew up in a time when almost everyone had a garden to help feed their large families. So they inherited their love for farming at a young age. Their first farm was a 10-acre hog operation (farrow to finish) and 5 acres […]

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Wildy Family Farms ~ Northeast District Farm Family of the Year

Five generations later and Wildy Family Farms in Mississippi County is still thriving. David Wildy, the current patriarch of the family, is the fourth generation farming the land alongside his sons, Justin and Tab, and son-in-law, Paul. After graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1975, David was able to return to the farm and […]

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Billy & Charlotte Wilchman ~ Western District Farm Family of the Year

Talk about diversity: pecans, muscadines, hay, poultry, cattle, freshwater shrimp, and tomato and pepper plants – all grown by Billy and Charlotte Wilchman., The couple is the 2015 Conway County Farm Family of the Year and the Western District Farm Family of the Year. Busy is an understatement for these two. Their farm has gone […]

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