Arkansas Farm Bureau 2016 County Farm Families of the Year named

Arkansas county farm families of the year list released. Overall winner to be named in December.    

County winners for the 69th annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected. The county winners will be judged in June to determine the eight district winners. The district winners will be announced June 14. They will be judged again by a different set of judges in July to determine a state winner, who will be announced Dec. 8 at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon.

The county winners are:

East Central District

  • Lee – Ramey Stiles family, Marianna
  • Lonoke – Brandon & Beverly Parker family, Carlisle
  • Monroe – TBA. Contact Monroe Co. Cooperative Extension Office
  • Prairie – John & Kristel Petrus family, Hazen
  • Pulaski – Jimmy D. Jennings, Sr. family, Sherwood
  • Saline – Helmich Farms, Alexander
  • St. Francis – Bobby & Lisa Jackson family, Colt
  • White – Chris & Nesha Smith family, Rose Bud
  • Woodruff – Brad & Angie Burkett family, McCrory

North Central District

  • Baxter – Ronnie & Tina Grayham family, Henderson
  • Cleburne – Rob Wilson family, Heber Springs
  • Fulton – David & Susan Carr family, Gepp
  • Independence – Fred Denison, Sr. family, Batesville
  • Izard – Brad Wheelis family, Melbourne
  • Marion – Nick & Beth Dearmore family, Yellville
  • Searcy – Harold Hendrix family, Marshall
  • Sharp – Bart & Brandi Schulz family, Cave City
  • Stone – Brian & Brandy Stoltze, Mountain View
  • Van Buren – Wade Lucas family, Shirley

Northeast District

  • Clay – Randal & Mark Coleman families, Corning
  • Craighead – Josh & Melissa Cureton family, Cash
  • Crittenden – Bobby & Marianne Cupples family, Proctor
  • Cross – Bob Stacy family, Wynne
  • Greene – Jimmy Pat Blackburn family, Paragould
  • Jackson – TBA. Contact Jackson Co. Cooperative Extension Office
  • Lawrence – Rickey & Virginia Goff family, Smithville
  • Mississippi – Hart Farms, Inc., Osceola
  • Poinsett – Keith & Kristine Bise family, Weiner
  • Randolph – A.L.L Farm: Adam Liebhaber family, Pocahontas

Northwest District

  • Benton – Tracy Moorman family, Gravette
  • Boone – Wes Parker family, Omaha
  • Carroll – Kirk & Lacey Powell family, Green Forest
  • Crawford – Brad Hall family, Rudy
  • Franklin – TBA. Contact Franklin Co. Cooperative Extension Office
  • Johnson – Peach Pickin’ Paradise: Mark & Shay Morgan family, Clarksville
  • Madison – Troy & Kathy Cline family, Kingston
  • Newton – Joe & Genevieve Villines family, Ponca
  • Sebastian – Samantha Phanouvong family, Mansfield
  • Washington – Kendall & Stephanie Pendergraft family, Nob Hill

Southeast District

  • Arkansas, N. – Taylor & Nikki Burdett family, Stuttgart
  • Arkansas, S. – Scott & Karen Place family, Gillett
  • Ashley – Four Star Partnership: Jerry, Ted & Chris Selby family, Portland
  • Chicot – Johan & Helena Loewen family, Eudora
  • Desha – Chuck & Marjorie Day family, McGehee
  • Drew – Rusty Mitchell family, Monticello
  • Jefferson – Steve Pharr family, Pine Bluff
  • Lincoln – Cody & Samantha Graham family, Star City
  • Phillips – Double H Farms: Jim & Dina Hubbard family, Marvell

Southwest District

  • Bradley – Mike Harton family, Warren
  • Calhoun – Randy & Angie Ables family, Hampton
  • Hempstead – Mark & Mindy Lockhart family, Hope
  • Lafayette – Stephen Allen family, Lewisville
  • Little River – Fawcett Ranch: Brett & Teresa Fawcett family, Ashdown
  • Miller – Wren Land & Cattle: Brandon Wren family, Texarkana
  • Nevada – Steve & Renee Boeckman family, Prescott


Western District

  • Conway – Lazy G Angus Ranch: Mike & Beverly Gadberry family, Hattieville
  • Faulkner – Michael & Kim Dickey family, Greenbrier
  • Montgomery – Stephen Morrison family, Story
  • Perry – James Mann family, Bigelow
  • Polk – Joe & Jill Brinkley family, Grannis
  • Pope – Jared & Whitney Mahoney family, Russellville
  • Yell – Jerry, Kathy, Luke & Jeremy Jones family, Gravelly

West Central District

  • Clark – Roy Gene & George Ann Britt family, Okolona
  • Cleveland – Jackson & Brooke Allison family, Rison
  • Dallas – Lamar & Judy Evans family, Fordyce
  • Garland – Tommy & Joy Sorrells family, Royal
  • Grant – Chris & Elizabeth Hale family, Sheridan
  • Hot Spring – Jay & Valorie Lee family, Bismarck
  • Howard – Whisenhunt Farms: Joel & Amanda Whisenhunt family, Nashville
  • Sevier – Phillip & Patricia Maben family, DeQueen

“I share the excitement of each of these families being recognized as their county Farm Family of the Year,” said Randy Veach, president, Arkansas Farm Bureau. “They are great examples of the work that makes Arkansas agriculture the most significant and meaningful industry in Arkansas.

“These families represent the pillars of our state. Congratulations to each of them on this recognition and we share our thanks to all those who have helped them succeed.”

“The Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. The success and longevity of this program has only been possible because of our sponsors and partners,” said Mollie Dykes, coordinator, Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program. “We’re honored to work with such great families who work tirelessly to provide our growing world with food, fiber and shelter.”

The Farm Family of the Year program begins each year with the selection of top farm families in each county and culminates in December with the selection of the state Farm Family of the Year who will then go on to represent Arkansas at the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year. All winners are judged on their farm production, efficiency, management, family life and rural/community leadership.
Sponsors of the Farm Family of the Year program are Arkansas Farm Bureau, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and the three Farm Credit agencies that serve Arkansas; AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas and Midsouth Farm Credit. Additionally, support for the program is provided by the Arkansas Department of Career Education, Arkansas Press Association, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development.

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