Wiles family names 2019 Polk County Farm Family of the Year

County farm families for the 72nd annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected and representing Polk County are Dean and June Wiles of Mena.

The county winners will be visited by a set of judges to determine the eight district winners, who will be announced June 17. They will be visited again by a different set of judges in July to determine a state winner, who will be announced Dec. 12 at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon in North Little Rock.

Other Western District county winners for 2019 include: Conway – Duvall Farms, Hattieville; Faulkner – Schaefers Brothers Farms, Conway; Logan – Clark and Tori Parker, Magazine; Montgomery – Bob and Denise McCord with Dixieland Farm, Norman; Perry – Steve and Flora Harrington Family, Casa; Pope – Rusty and Rebecca Davis, Russellville; and Yell – Dusty and Melanie Walker. 

“The Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program recognizes great farmers and ranchers each year,” said Randy Veach, president, Arkansas Farm Bureau. “These families are involved in noble and important work to provide food, fiber and shelter to the world.

“Congratulations to these great farm families. We are pleased to honor their success, stewardship and commitment to Arkansas agriculture.”

Since 1947, the Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program has served as a vehicle to recognized outstanding farm families throughout the state. 

The objectives of the Farm Family of the Year program is to give recognition and encouragement to farm families who are doing an outstanding job on their farm and in their community;

To gain recognition of the importance of agriculture in the community and state;

To disseminate information on improved farm practices and management.

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. Arkansas has had two overall winners, Brian and Nan Kirksey of Clark County in 2008 and Wildy Family Farms of Mississippi County in 2016. 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 Agriculture Department, 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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