Leadership and service that brought distinction to the state’s largest business sector is the hallmark for the five newest inductees into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame. A total of 180 men and women are now enshrined in the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame.
These five were inducted March 3 in a ceremony at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
On Thursday, Oct. 20, it was a big night at the Arkansas State Fair for kids from all across the state who've worked hard raising and showing their animals all year long. All their work paid off, as Arkansas Farm Bureau and other organizations took part in the "Sale of Champions," showing their support for the future of Arkansas agriculture and carrying on a proud annual tradition.
The Sweat family of Hempstead County, the 2020 Arkansas Farm Family of the Year, was recently visited by judges for the Swisher Sunbelt Ag Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition. We spent some time on their farm to find out more about the family who will represent the state at the annual competition held in Moultrie, Ga., in October.
Ten-year-old Kemmer Gurley of Brinkley (Monroe County) and 17-year-old Pablo Velasco Moya, also of Brinkley, are the winners of the 2022 Arkansas Farm Bureau Rice is Nice Youth Cooking Contest. Both are members of Monroe County 4-H.
Brandon and Lauren Martin of Judsonia (White Co.) and Sara Beth Johnson of Hickory Plains (Lonoke Co.) earned the top Young Farmers & Ranchers awards today during Arkansas Farm Bureau’s annual Officers & Leaders Conference at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers. The awards honor young farmers and ranchers ages 18-35 for the general excellence of their operations and their hard work and innovation.
After two previous attempts were foiled by winter weather earlier this year, U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas was presented with the Golden Plow Award at Arkansas Farm Bureau’s mid-summer Officers & Leaders conference in Rogers. The Golden Plow is the highest honor presented to a sitting member of Congress by the American Farm Bureau.
Leslee Ann Tell of Clinton, an Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics instructor at Conway High School, is the 2022 Arkansas Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher. We visited her to find out what inspired her to teach her students about farm-to-table and how her students have been inspired to learn more about where their food comes from.
Annie Abrams is an Arkansas legend, and now she’s a member of Arkansas Farm Bureau! A retired educator and nationally recognized civic and political activist, Abrams is now 90 and staying busy by helping distribute Arkansas Farm Bureau Election Directories. ArFB Vice President of Public Affairs & Government Relations Stanley Hill and ArFB Vice President of Organization & Member Programs Justin Reynolds visited Abrams at her home to present her with her honorary membership in appreciation of her efforts and for being a champion in her community.