Jason Henson, who raises swine on C&H Farm in Mount Judea, Ark., is the 2016 recipient of the Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award from the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. Henson accepted the award from Farm Bureau President Randy Veach and Charlene Reed, Stanley’s widow.
The award was presented Nov. 30 during the organization’s 82nd annual conference at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Henson, 39, is a ninth-generation hog farmer. The Reed award goes to an active member, 36 to 45 years old, for outstanding leadership within their county Farm Bureau and community.
“I feel like I’m underserving to be truthfully honest. I’m sure there’s a lot more qualified people to get an award like this,” Henson said. “I’m truly honored to receive this award. It’s very humbling.”
Henson says his strength comes from his religious beliefs. “Put your faith in God and fear not,” he said.
Henson says the farm’s success doesn’t come from one person. The support system his family provides is essential to that effort. He runs C&H Farm with his cousins Richard and Philip Campbell. “Without that support, we couldn’t function at all,” Henson said.
Henson has served on the Newton County, Ark., Farm Bureau board of directors the past four years. He presently serves as chairman of the state Swine Division and the Newton County Farm Bureau Swine Committee. He’s also a graduate of the Arkansas Farm Bureau President’s Leadership Council.
He and his wife, Tana, have a 10-year-old daughter Annaleise.
Arkansas Farm Bureau created the award in 2011 in honor of Stanley Reed, who was president of Arkansas Farm Bureau from 2003-2008. He died in an automobile accident in July 2011.
Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization with almost 191,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.