2016 North Central District Farm Family of the Year – Fred & Dorothy Sue Denison

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Fred and Dorothy Sue Denison may have been in the farming game for quite some time, but they are both sharp as a whip and still working hard on their beef cattle and hay farm in Independence County. It’s their passion and dedication that have helped Fred and Dorothy Sue earn the title of the 2016 Independence County Farm Family of...

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

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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. Chris and...

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

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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 of tomatoes. Since then, they’ve...

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Allen & Melissa Glidewell, North Central Region Farm Family of the Year

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Allen Glidewell got his start in farming with a $5,000 FSA loan and 10 cow-calf pairs. He and his wife, Melissa, have turned those 10 cow-calf pairs into 210 head of cows, 42 replacement heifers and 20 bulls along with three turkey houses and 412 acres of hay on their farm in St. Joe. Allen and Melissa are the 2015 Searcy County...

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Jerry & Suzie Fuller and Terry & Lisa Fuller ~ Southeast District Farm Family of the Year

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After multiple setbacks in the 80s, twins Jerry and Terry Fuller were told they had to return to the farm after college. Otherwise, they would have been faced with the unthinkable – selling the family farm. The drought of 1980, the purchase of another large farm and the 80s price crash all contributed to rough times for the...

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