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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Homegrown Hero: Saline County Vet Brings Military Discipline to Farming

From Battlefields to Farm Fields ~ Veteran Signs Up for Farm Duty Damon Helton is a veteran farmer. Correction: Damon Helton is a veteran and a farmer. Helton is a decorated veteran of the U.S. armed forces with five deployments between Iraq and Afghanistan, but he’s a relative newcomer to agriculture. Still, watching Helton zoom […]

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Melvin Daniel {Faces of Agriculture}

by Mollie Dykes Agricultural education instructor. Extension agent. Cattle farmer. Farm Bureau board member. Melvin Daniel may be retired, but these are just a few of the hats he’s worn throughout a career dedicated to agriculture. And he hasn’t completely hung up those hats. Daniel continues to stay involved with Lake Hamilton FFA and Garland […]

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The Bee Man Abuzz

“Want to see a bee sting me?” This is and isn’t a serious question. Beekeeper and farmer James Rhein of Mountain Home is rarely serious and he loves nothing more than telling jokes and amusing stories. However, he is not kidding about having a bee sting him in order to illustrate a point. “I’ve been […]

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Farmer Profile ~ Cassie Davis

Cassie Davis ~ Washington County Cassie and husband Scott have 175 head of dairy cattle they milk twice a day. They have three young daughters, also referred to as their milkmaids. Cassie helps Scott run a hands-on operation in every way. They have two hired hands, but everything they expect them to do, Scott and Cassie also […]

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Meet Our Rice Farmers ~ The Martins

As we celebrate National Rice Month, we want to introduce you to some our Arkansas rice farmers. Jenna Martin, Miss Arkansas Rice 2013-2014, shares her love of family and their farm where every day is “take your daughter to work day”.  She plans to be a 5th generation rice farmer and is proud to be a rice […]

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Keith and Jill Forrester family, Northeast District Farm Family of the Year

The Keith and Jill Forrester family of Tyronza (Mississippi County) is the Northeast District Farm Family of the Year. They own and operate Whitton Farms where they raise a variety of crops on 200 acres, including 25 varieties of tomatoes, four varieties of melons, asparagus, strawberries, blackberries, peas and other miscellaneous vegetables. Not only do […]

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Meet Our Rice Farmers- Jennifer James

As we celebrate National Rice Month, we want to introduce you to some our Arkansas rice farmers. Jennifer James is a 4th generation family farmer and Riceland Foods Co-op member. She discusses her farming experience including the technology farmers use and wildlife conservation.

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