Arkansas Agriculture - Fall 2013
Farm Bureau Perspective by Brian Walker ARFB YF&R Chair; YF&R Strong - We salute our top Young Farmers & Ranchers; Faces of Agriculture - Susan Anglin; Policy Update - Ag tax cuts provide big savings; Spotlight OnYouth - Sara Loe.
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F e a t u r e s YF&R Strong by Gregg Patterson 4 C o l u m n s Farm Bureau Perspective by Brian Walker Faces of Agriculture — Susan Anglin by Tara Johnson Policy Update by Michelle Kitchens Spotlight on Youth — Sara Loe by Gregg Patterson Rural Reflections Photo On the cover — Chris Meador of Green Forest is one of our Young Farmers & Ranchers who makes Farm Bureau strong. This issue highlights the finalists for our YF&R Achievement Award. Photo credit: Keith Sutton 3 18 22 26 28 Executive Editor: Steve Eddington Editor: Gregg Patterson Contributing Writers: Ken Moore, Keith Sutton, Chris Wilson Research Assistant: Brenda Gregory is an official publication of Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. Arkansas Agriculture is distributed to almost 42,000 farming and ranching households in Arkansas. SUBSCRIPTIONS: Included in membership dues. Arkansas Farm Bureau Officers: President Randy Veach Manila Vice President Rich Hillman Carlisle Secretary/Treasurer Tom Jones Pottsville Executive Vice President Ewell Welch Little Rock Directors: Richard Armstrong, Ozark Troy Buck, Alpine Jon Carroll, Moro Joe Christian, Jonesboro Terry Dabbs, Stuttgart Mike Freeze, England Bruce Jackson, Lockesburg Tom Jones, Pottsville Johnny Loftin, El Dorado Gene Pharr, Lincoln Rusty Smith, Des Arc Allen Stewart, Mena Mike Sullivan, Burdette Leo Sutterfield, Mountain View Ex Officio Sherry Felts, Joiner Brent Lassiter, Newport Janice Marsh, McCrory Brian Walker, Horatio Arkansas Agriculture is published quarterly by the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, 10720 Kanis Road, Little Rock, AR 72211. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Arkansas Agriculture, P.O. Box 31, Little Rock, AR 72203. Issue #31. Publisher assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. The Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation reserves the right to accept or reject all advertising requests. Send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org Arkansas Agriculture Perspective by Brian Walker ARFB YF&R Chair Farm Bureau L agriculture. state. Looking back on this year, I’m optimistic about the future of farming in Arkansas. My optimism springs from the rise I’ve seen in young leadership in our state. More and more young people are stepping up and taking on challenges in This year, our Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) conference was the largest ever. I believe this was due in part to the fact it was held in February as opposed to the July meetings of the past. More importantly, conference attendance is growing due to emerging young leadership every year. Farm Bureau staff is working with and molding great young leaders who will benefit our state for years to come. However, Farm Bureau staff members aren’t the only ones working to ensure a bright future for agriculture. Local agriculture teachers are working hard to instill a good work ethic and stress the importance of farming at high schools in every county. I’ve seen great things from our local FFA chapters and know these young people will one day be feeding families all over the world just like we are today. The hard work and determination of these young people has been on display all over Arkansas during this recent county fair season. It’s exciting to see their drive to succeed, and I know many of them will go on to do great things. Having been involved in the YF&R program for some time, I’ve seen many people accomplish lofty goals. I know of at least two young men who have gone on to be state representatives. They’re now taking on the task of changing government policy to improve agriculture and everyday life in Arkansas while still continuing to farm. That’s just the selfless nature of our young agricultural leaders throughout the Many others who aren’t elected officials are working just as hard to improve efficiency and yield of the many products the farmers of Arkansas provide. The number of leaders, both men and women, who have been appointed to various agri-related boards is also encouraging. That’s the type of involvement and leadership that guarantees the future of farming for all of us and for many generations to come. I also was glad to see some much-needed tax relief in this year’s legislation. The removal of taxes on heating fuel and electricity in animal feeding operations will be a welcome change to poultry growers in several areas of the state. As a poultry producer myself, I know the significance of this change and look forward to these savings. Also, the removal of tax on baling twine and net wrap will help offset some of the ever-increasing cost of hay production for livestock producers. I appreciate our legislators working to get these laws passed. All of you should let them know how important it is to each one of us. I’m confident in our young farming and ranching leadership for whatever lies ahead. I know it won’t always be easy, but I truly believe with today’s young leaders we’ll continue to overcome and always strive to improve Arkansas agriculture. God bless. pcipublishing.com Created by Publishing Concepts, Inc. David Brown, President • email@example.com For Advertising info contact Tom Kennedy • 1-800-561-4686 firstname.lastname@example.org Edition 31 Œ„´* Arkansas Agriculture 3 YF We salute our top Young Farmers & Ranchers by Gregg Patterson Photos by Keith Sutton & R strong 4 Arkansas Agriculture G farm. and the planting. Getting started in farming presents a substantial maze for most young farmers and ranchers to navigate. Finances, available land, equipment, labor issues and a host of other things all make farming and ranching tenuous ways to make a living. Nothing comes easily. However, there’s nothing like overcoming adversity and having some success to build the strong fortitude, confidence and experience necessary to succeed on the We had to earn it Kris and Meredith Baker of Sherrill know that feeling. They farm corn, soybeans, rice and wheat on 3,000 rented acres. At 35 and 33 years old, respectively, they’re still young despite already having 10 years of farming experience. Kris manages the farm’s day-to-day operations while Meredith handles the bookkeeping It’s their ability to succeed on the farm that’s just one of the reasons Kris and Meredith are among three finalist-families in Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Achievement Award competition. This award honors young farm families across the state for their hard work, innovation, progress and the general excellence of their operations. The winner of the award will be announced Dec. 4 at the 79th Arkansas Farm Bureau Convention in Little Rock. The winning couple will receive a $35,000 credit to purchase a GM vehicle and receives an expenses-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention in January in San Antonio to compete for the national award. The other finalists for the award include Scott and Cassie Davis of Prairie Grove, who run a dairy farm; and Chris and Alechia Meador of Green Forest, who raise chickens and cattle. Earning it themselves Kris and Meredith Baker strive for maximum production. Kris says you have to have the latest technology you can afford to achieve this goal. Arkansas Agriculture 5 The Baker’s started farming in 2004. Like most beginning farmers, they didn’t have much to start with. Kris says they had to use older equipment, “. . . some we purchased and some we rented from family members until we could get on our feet.” Since that time Kris says, “We’ve purchased every piece of equipment necessary to run our operation. None of this equipment was acquired through inheritance or partnership conversions. It was all bought the hard way. We had to earn it. “This past year, we designed an 11,000-square-foot shop and equipment facility and a 100,000-bushel grain bin,” Kris says. “I’m most proud of our shop facility, because we did all the designing and building of the offices and tool rooms inside the shop.” Kris says his goal is being able to Safety never felt so good ™ Adding on This 100,000-bushel grain storage facility is one of the newest additions on Kris and Meredith Baker’s farm. 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Meador farms 443 acres with his wife, Alechia, 34, who keeps the books and manages the couple’s three boys: Mason, Jace and Cole. “My family did not have an operating farm, but we did live in the country,” Chris recalls. “When I was 14 years old, I purchased six pairs of cows. FHA had a program which offered a no-interest loan to youth involved in 4-H programs.” He got a $5,000 loan to buy the cows and raised them in his parent’s field until he graduated from high school. Oh yeah, he also married his high school sweetheart. Though not from a farming family, Chris says Alechia “. . . had the same love for farming . . .” he did. She’d even purchased two cows with her savings during high school. The “herds” were merged soon after they graduated from high school. The Meadors’ have moved up a bit from their small high school herd. They now have 100 head in their cow/calf operation and six chicken houses. They also sell chicken litter for fertilizer and remove litter from others’ poultry houses. All this hard work is in addition to each working fulltime jobs, Chris working in the field for Tyson Foods and Alechia running her own business as a certified public accountant. One of their goals is to be able to make their living solely from the farm. “Expansion and efficiency would be the key to making this happen,” Chris says. “Efficiency is very important to us. It allows us to be profitable and accomplish many jobs.” Juggling a down economy, major drought, upgrading outdated poultry facilities, animal health, properly timing the expansion of their facilities and land base, and wisely managing debt all have made the first 10 years of farming challenging. “One thing I’ve learned over the years is that if you’re afraid of having problems, then you shouldn’t be a farmer,” Chris says. However, he’s undeterred. “We’re living our dream.” Alechia and Chris are active in their community as well as Farm Bureau where they have served on numerous county committees for the better part of a decade and the state YF&R committee 20102012. They won the YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award in 2010. They both are ArkAg_2-5x2-125_Ad_Layout 1 9/25/13 9:56 AM Pag graduates of the College of the Ozarks. Every Seed. Every Field. Every Farmer Counts. http://www.youtube.com/ArmorSeed Arkansas Agriculture 9 Team Davis Scott and Cassie Davis with their daughters Lily, 7 and Ella, almost 2. Cassie is a graduate of Farm Bureauâ€™s first Presidentâ€™s Leadership Council class and is a strong voice for agriculture and the farming way of life. 10 Arkansas Agriculture Endangered species Scott and Cassie Davis of Prairie Grove are dairy farmers. On the surface, that’s a fairly simple statement, complete with visions of beautiful rolling pastures replete with black and white cows contentedly munching buttercups and lush green grass. The reality is the Davis’ profession probably makes them the most endangered kind of farmer in the state. In a state that once had more than 800 dairy farms, there are only 82 left in Arkansas as of this writing. There’s a good chance there will be less by the time this magazine reaches your mailbox. Viewed with a somewhat different lens, if the Davis’ were some form of fish, wildlife or lowly unknown bug, they’d be protected by the Endangered Species Act and have more money, habitat, a swarm of lawyers and legal protections all working to ensure their survival. Scott, 34, and Cassie, 30, run 275 cows and heifers on 450 acres in an area that’s quickly converting from farmland into subdivisions. Their northwest Arkansas farm is in one of the fastest-growing population areas in the country, and its Illinois River watershed is a national target for evertightening environmental regulations. “There have been several housing additions and subdivided pieces of property around us in the last few years that have raised property values,” Scott says. “While these changes have helped improve our property value, it has made it near impossible to add acreage near our farm. “The farmland that is left is usually held onto by the farmers who have been operating here for years. When they decide to sell, many take advantage of our growing population and divide the land to sell,” Scott says. “Land prices are far too expensive for farming operations.” However, the Davis’ move forward undeterred. In the last decade, they’ve done numerous improvements on the farm to benefit herd health and comfort, as well as on-farm efficiency. They once used the Illinois River as a water supply. 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In your own words, what is agriculture? “The dictionary definition for agriculture is much too simple: the production of crops and livestock on a farm. Agriculture, to me, is the production of crops and livestock guided by proven technology and sound science that will sustain and improve the 4. What’s the one thing you want everyone to know about agriculture and farming? “Agriculture affects our everyday life aside from food. When you brush your teeth or throw a leather football, or spend that dollar bill made with cotton — agriculture is part of that activity. Agriculture is also a part of our national security — the security of having food for all Americans.” 5. What is the most challenging aspect of dairy farming? 3. Why do you think agriculture is important? environment for the next generation, while contributing to our local economy and communities.” Voice for agriculture Susan Anglin (right) is an Arkansas dairy farmer who is a great communicator in telling the agriculture story. Follow her blog “Spotted Cow Review” at anglindairy.net. “Regardless of the size of the farm or the type of production method, farmers take the responsibility seriously to protect the environment, care for our animals and to provide safe, affordable food. The same values of caring for the land and animals exist today, but the look of the family farm and the technologies have changed.” “When you have no control over the price of your product, the input costs or the weather. It is an ongoing dairy farming challenge to be flexible in daily management and decision making.” Œ„´* 18 Arkansas Agriculture Gregg Patterson S Susan Anglin and her family run a dairy farm in northwest Arkansas. 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Arkansas Agriculture 19 Rural Reflections Photo Contest 2013 F ront Porch’s fourth Rural Reflections Photo Contest offers amateur photographers the chance to explore the many activities, seasons, triumphs, disappointments and faces of agriculture, our state’s key industry. The photos that win this competition will capture the image and spirit of agriculture, and Farm Bureau, in Arkansas. The contest includes two divisions, High School (ages 14–18) and Adult (19 and older). The winner of each receives $250. In addition, one entry will receive a Grand Prize of $500. The winners and honorable mentions may have their works published, with credit, in Front Porch and Arkansas Agriculture magazines, on Farm Bureau’s website, arfb.com, and in other publications. $1,000 in prizes. Complete contest rules at: www.arfb.com/get-involved/contests 20 Arkansas Agriculture Every Seed. Every Field. Every Farmer Counts. www.ArmorSeed.com Without a farmerâ€™s sacrifice, a seed is only a seed. In the hands of a farmer, a seed helps grow America. In a single year, each American farmer feeds 155 people and agriculture grows more than 24 million U.S. jobs. All this started with a single farmer just down the road from you. Arkansas Agriculture 21 Policy Update Ag tax cuts provide big savings Proper certification is the first step by Michelle Kitchens D year. During the most recent legislative session, the General Assembly passed several tax cuts for agriculture. The diverse tax-cut package included something for almost all segments of agriculture, from cattlemen to forestry. The largest agriculture tax cut was Act 1441. Act 1441 creates a sales-tax exemption for the sale of electricity, propane and natural gas used in poultry, cattle, dairy, horticulture, swine and aquaculture facilities. That exemption takes effect on Jan. 1, 2014. It will save farmers approximately $11 million annually. Economists estimate poultry farms will save about $600 per house per If your farm is eligible for this exemption, you will need to certify your meter and propane tanks with the state. This is a simple process and prevents people from claiming the exemption when they aren’t eligible. In fact, tanks or meters must exclusively serve the agriculture purpose or they aren’t eligible. If you don’t already have the necessary certification form, those can be downloaded from the Arkansas Farm Bureau website, www.arfb.com, or if you do not have access to the internet, contact Farm Bureau at 501-228-1229 or visit your local county Farm Bureau office. Farmers will need their meter and tank numbers, the physical location of the farm where the utilities are delivered, some tax identification information and their NAICS code. After the Department of Finance and Administration receives the completed forms, they will mail an official certificate that indicates your farm is eligible for the exemption. Copies of this certificate will need to be shared with all your utility providers. Those providers are responsible for collecting taxes and will not apply the exemption without proper certification. It’s a simple process that will lead to big savings. Next time you see your legislators, thank them for making this exemption possible. It’s important to let them know that farmers appreciate their support. A similar exemption for grain drying and storage will take effect on July 1, 2014. Those meters will need to be certified through a similar process next spring. These tax cuts happened through the efforts of our farmers who let legislators know that the legislation was important and great legislators who listened and kept the pressure up at the Capitol. There is always room for more agriculturefriendly legislators at the Capitol. If you are interested in running for office, Farm Bureau can help you get elected. Farm Bureau has developed a “campaign school” to help members run for office. The How to Win an Election Seminar is all about the details. Designed with the help of the Republican and Democrat parties and accomplished campaign consultants, it is conducted in several states across the nation and has an excellent success record. Participants in the class will learn about developing a message, effective methods of reaching voters, fundraising, getting voters to the polls, recruiting volunteers and working with the media. On Nov. 21-22, Farm Bureau will co-host this seminar in Little Rock. If there is enough interest, a second seminar is planned for Jan. 30-31. The seminar is open to candidates of any party running for any office from school board to Congress. Many current and former elected officials have participated. We encourage you to ask them about the seminar. We are confident they will tell you it is worthwhile. 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Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, Jackson MS ArkAnsAs-grown insurAnce for ArkAnsAs growers Arkansas Agriculture 25 Spotlight OnYouth Sara Loe Leading through sacrifice by Gregg Patterson are the ones on the front lines willing to give their lives to serve others.” So, it should be no surprise that Sara Loe gives of herself by promoting agriculture education in schools in Garland County that don’t have existing programs. “I believe so strongly in this that I made it my full-time job,” said Loe, a mother of one who lives in Hot Springs. Don’t confuse full-time job with “paid.” Loe receives no money for her efforts. “I believe agriculture education is the foundation for the continued success of the business of farming and its positive economic impact on this state. I have, and I will continue to promote agriculture education in schools that don’t have programs currently in place,” Loe said. “I want to give selflessly of my time, and provide my community with all of the tools possible to educate our youth. I believe if we continue to work tirelessly promoting agriculture in our communities and schools, we will secure the future of agriculture.” Loe and her husband Andrew aren’t involved in on-the-ground farming or realized how important it is to be a positive leader. My generation is removed farther from the farm than the generation that came before me, and that pattern has continued for each generation,” Loe explained. “If we want to promote agriculture and be educated advocates for something we so strongly believe in, it’s imperative to make sure there are leaders ready to take on the role to do so. Those leaders must be prepared for any issues, questions and problems that arise. The best way to learn how to handle ourselves in these situations is to learn from those leaders who came before us.” So a chance to join the inaugural Arkansas Farm Bureau President’s Leadership Council proved attractive. “The opportunity to better my leadership skills, further my education and learn from great leaders was something I didn’t want to miss,” Loe said. “It’s a huge responsibility to be a leader for your community, and any opportunity to better yourself for your community’s sake is worth taking.” Even as she learns and is mentored by older leaders, Loe sees the value in giving back to those coming behind her. “Growing up, there were people who saw potential in me when I didn’t. If those people hadn’t sacrificed their time to support me, I wouldn’t be the person I am today,” she said. “It’s extremely important to mentor and support youth, because you may be the only one who does for that one person.” The dictionary editors at MerriamWebster may want to reconsider their definition of leadership. Serving others makes it easy to understand the connection between sacrifice and leadership. Volunteer strong Sara Loe leads by example by volunteering to promote agriculture education in schools in Garland County. She defines leadership as “… the willingness to make sacrifices for others.” Œ„´* 26 Arkansas Agriculture Keith Sutton S Sara Loe says leadership is “the a farming business. However, she was an Arkansas FFA state officer in high school and refers to the iconic FFA jacket as “the precious blue and gold corduroy jacket.” “During that year, I willingness to make sacrifices for others.” Nowhere does The MerriamWebster Dictionary use the word “sacrifice” in the definition of leadership. How does one explain such a juxtaposition of what some might consider seemingly opposite words? Loe, 26, goes on to say, “… the best leaders College of Agriculture & Technology For more information (870) 972-2085 AState.edu/CoAT AState.CoAT @AStateCoAT C 800-941-1138 www.greatamericansteel.com Made in America No Trusses! 30 YEAR WARRANTY Ideal for Storage of: Equipment/ Livestock/Bulk Grain Storage/ Hay/Fertilizer No Posts! 100% Usable Space! Nowhere for birds to roost! Complete Foundation Plans Included! Easily Expandable! Easy to Erect! 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