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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VOLUME 10 Issue 4 F e a t u r e s YF&R Strong by Gregg Patterson 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 4 Executive Editor: Steve Eddington Editor: Gregg Patterson Contributing Writers: Ken Moore, Keith Sutton, Chris Wilson Research Assistant: Brenda Gregory 3 18 22 26 28 Farm Bureau Arkansas Agriculture Perspective 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 by Brian Walker ARFB YF&R Chair L 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 agriculture. 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 state. 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 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 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. Œ„´* Arkansas Agriculture 3 & YF R strong We salute our top Young Farmers & Ranchers by Gregg Patterson Photos by Keith Sutton 4 Arkansas Agriculture G 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 farm. 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 and the planting. 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 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. 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. Arkansas Agriculture 5 The Baker’s started farming in 2004. inheritance or partnership conversions. Like most beginning farmers, they It was all bought the hard way. We had didn’t have much to start with. 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They now then you shouldn’t be a farmer,” Chris I was born to be a farmer.” So says Chris have 100 head in their cow/calf operation says. However, he’s undeterred. “We’re Meador, 35, a poultry grower and cattle and six chicken houses. They also sell living our dream.” rancher in Green Forest. Meador farms 443 chicken litter for fertilizer and remove litter acres with his wife, Alechia, 34, who keeps from others’ poultry houses. All this hard community as well as Farm Bureau where the books and manages the couple’s three work is in addition to each working full- they have served on numerous county boys: Mason, Jace and Cole. time jobs, Chris working in the field for committees for the better part of a decade Tyson Foods and Alechia running her own and the state YF&R committee 2010- farm, but we did live in the country,” business as a certified public accountant. 2012. They won the YF&R Excellence in Chris recalls. “When I was 14 years old, One of their goals is to be able to make I purchased six pairs of cows. FHA had a their living solely from the farm. 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. “Everyone is born to be something, and “My family did not have an operating program which offered a no-interest loan “Expansion and efficiency would be to youth involved in 4-H programs.” He the key to making this happen,” Chris got a $5,000 loan to buy the cows and says. “Efficiency is very important to us. It raised them in his parent’s field until he allows us to be profitable and accomplish graduated from high school. many jobs.” Oh yeah, he also married his high Juggling a down economy, major school sweetheart. Though not from a drought, upgrading outdated poultry farming family, Chris says Alechia “. . . facilities, animal health, properly timing had the same love for farming . . .” he did. the expansion of their facilities and She’d even purchased two cows with her land base, and wisely managing debt all savings during high school. The “herds” have made the first 10 years of farming were merged soon after they graduated challenging. from high school. Alechia and Chris are active in their Every Seed. Every Field. Every Farmer Counts. http://www.youtube.com/ArmorSeed “One thing I’ve learned over the years 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 One of few Davis Riverview Farms, owned by Scott and Cassie Davis, is one of only 82 dairy farms left in Arkansas. 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 Incentives Program funds to drill a well as a areas. And Cassie is a graduate of the new water source. Their improvements are first President’s Leadership Council. and heifers on 450 acres in an area that’s all based on increasing efficiency and the The two also volunteer much of their quickly converting from farmland into quality of their herd. free time to local church, youth and working to ensure their survival. Scott, 34, and Cassie, 30, run 275 cows subdivisions. Their northwest Arkansas farm is in one of the fastest-growing population Scott and Cassie are active in Farm Bureau at the county level in many civic endeavors. The Davis’ have two daughters, Lily and Ella. Œ„´* 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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How are you involved in agriculture? “Since I grew up in town, I would say my involvement with agriculture began when I married the farmer and the farm 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. 28 years ago. It was a package deal environment for the next generation, farm involves feeding and caring for the while contributing to our local economy or the type of production method, calves, assisting in herd health activities and communities.” farmers take the responsibility seriously to protect the environment, care for our and maintaining herd and farm business records. At one time or another, I’ve done or assisted with almost any task there is 3. Why do you think agriculture is important? more than once.” “Agriculture affects our everyday life aside from food. When you brush 2. In your own words, what is agriculture? spend that dollar bill made with cotton security — the security of having food production of crops and livestock on for all Americans.” technologies have changed.” 5. What is the most challenging aspect of dairy farming? “When you have no control over the price of your product, the input costs or the weather. It is an ongoing dairy a farm. Agriculture, to me, is the 4. What’s the one thing you by proven technology and sound science want everyone to know about that will sustain and improve the agriculture and farming? Arkansas Agriculture the look of the family farm and the Agriculture is also a part of our national agriculture is much too simple: the production of crops and livestock guided food. The same values of caring for your teeth or throw a leather football, or — agriculture is part of that activity. “The dictionary definition for animals and to provide safe, affordable the land and animals exist today, but on the farm. 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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. 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. www.ArmorSeed.com Arkansas Agriculture 21 Policy Update Ag tax cuts provide big savings Proper certification is the first step by Michelle Kitchens D 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 delivered, some tax identification are interested in running for office, Farm exemption for the sale of electricity, information and their NAICS code. Bureau can help you get elected. propane and natural gas used in poultry, After the Department of Finance and cattle, dairy, horticulture, swine and Administration receives the completed “campaign school” to help members run aquaculture facilities. That exemption forms, they will mail an official certificate for office. The How to Win an Election takes effect on Jan. 1, 2014. It will save that indicates your farm is eligible for the Seminar is all about the details. Designed farmers approximately $11 million exemption. Copies of this certificate will with the help of the Republican and annually. Economists estimate poultry need to be shared with all your utility Democrat parties and accomplished farms will save about $600 per house per providers. Those providers are responsible campaign consultants, it is conducted in year. for collecting taxes and will not apply the several states across the nation and has an If your farm is eligible for this exemption without proper certification. excellent success record. Participants in the exemption, you will need to certify It’s a simple process that will lead class will learn about developing a message, Farm Bureau has developed a your meter and propane tanks with to big savings. Next time you see your effective methods of reaching voters, the state. This is a simple process and legislators, thank them for making this fundraising, getting voters to the polls, prevents people from claiming the exemption possible. It’s important to let recruiting volunteers and working with exemption when they aren’t eligible. In them know that farmers appreciate their the media. On Nov. 21-22, Farm Bureau fact, tanks or meters must exclusively support. A similar exemption for grain will co-host this seminar in Little Rock. If serve the agriculture purpose or they drying and storage will take effect on July there is enough interest, a second seminar aren’t eligible. If you don’t already have 1, 2014. Those meters will need to be is planned for Jan. 30-31. The seminar is the necessary certification form, those certified through a similar process next open to candidates of any party running can be downloaded from the Arkansas spring. for any office from school board to Farm Bureau website, www.arfb.com, or if These tax cuts happened through the Congress. Many current and former elected you do not have access to the internet, efforts of our farmers who let legislators officials have participated. 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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 a farming business. willingness to make sacrifices for However, she was an others.” Nowhere does The Merriam- Arkansas FFA state Webster Dictionary use the word officer in high school “sacrifice” in the definition of and refers to the iconic leadership. How does one explain such FFA jacket as “the a juxtaposition of what some might precious blue and gold consider seemingly opposite words? Loe, corduroy jacket.” 26, goes on to say, “… the best leaders “During that year, I are the ones on the front lines willing to realized how important give their lives to serve others.” it is to be a positive So, it should be no surprise that Keith Sutton S Sara Loe says leadership is “the leader. My generation Sara Loe gives of herself by promoting is removed farther agriculture education in schools in from the farm than Garland County that don’t have existing the generation that programs. “I believe so strongly in this came before me, that I made it my full-time job,” said and that pattern has Loe, a mother of one who lives in Hot continued for each a leader for your community, and any Springs. Don’t confuse full-time job with generation,” Loe explained. “If we want opportunity to better yourself for your “paid.” Loe receives no money for her to promote agriculture and be educated community’s sake is worth taking.” efforts. advocates for something we so strongly 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.” Even as she learns and is mentored believe in, it’s imperative to make sure by older leaders, Loe sees the value in foundation for the continued success there are leaders ready to take on the giving back to those coming behind her. of the business of farming and its role to do so. Those leaders must be positive economic impact on this state. prepared for any issues, questions and saw potential in me when I didn’t. If I have, and I will continue to promote problems that arise. The best way to those people hadn’t sacrificed their time agriculture education in schools that learn how to handle ourselves in these to support me, I wouldn’t be the person don’t have programs currently in place,” situations is to learn from those leaders I am today,” she said. “It’s extremely Loe said. “I want to give selflessly of my who came before us.” important to mentor and support youth, “I believe agriculture education is the time, and provide my community with So a chance to join the inaugural all of the tools possible to educate our Arkansas Farm Bureau President’s youth. I believe if we continue to work Leadership Council proved attractive. tirelessly promoting agriculture in our “The opportunity to better my “Growing up, there were people who because you may be the only one who does for that one person.” The dictionary editors at MerriamWebster may want to reconsider communities and schools, we will secure leadership skills, further my education their definition of leadership. Serving the future of agriculture.” and learn from great leaders was others makes it easy to understand something I didn’t want to miss,” Loe the connection between sacrifice and said. “It’s a huge responsibility to be leadership. Loe and her husband Andrew aren’t involved in on-the-ground farming or 26 Arkansas Agriculture Œ„´* College of Breaking new ground in research, teaching and service! For more information (870) 972-2085 AState.edu/CoAT AState.CoAT @AStateCoAT Mollie Dykes Agriculture & Technology C 800-941-1138 www.greatamericansteel.com Made in America No Trusses! 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