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VOLUME 11 Issue 1 F e a t u r e s Combating grain bin wire theft by Steve Eddington Ag Hall of Fame inductees by Bricen Pace C o l u m n s Farm Bureau Perspective by Randy Veach Faces of Agriculture — Sunni Wise by Gregg Patterson Policy Update by Michelle Kitchens New State Board Member Profiles — Thrash and Felts add talents by Bricen Pace Rural Reflections Photo On the cover — Metal theft, particularly copper wire, continues to be a problem on farms. Three Lonoke County farmers have teamed up to help curb it at grain bin facilities. The article begins on page 4. 4 12 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 Joe Christian Jonesboro Executive Vice President Rodney Baker Little Rock Directors: Troy Buck, Alpine Jon Carroll, Moro Joe Christian, Jonesboro Terry Dabbs, Stuttgart Sherry Felts, Joiner Mike Freeze, England Bruce Jackson, Lockesburg Tom Jones, Pottsville Johnny Loftin, El Dorado Gene Pharr, Lincoln Rusty Smith, Des Arc Allen Stewart, Mena Leo Sutterfield, Mountain View Joe Thrash, Conway Ex Officio Josh Cureton, Jonesboro Brent Lassiter, Newport Janice Marsh, McCrory by Randy Veach, President Arkansas Farm Bureau W We’ve talked about the need for a new farm bill for so long that my personal opinion of the “farm bill” has encompassed a full set of emotions, including anger, despair, disgust, anxiety, concern, and – finally – relief. President Obama has signed a new five-year farm bill, cobbled together by a conference committee from the vastly different bills passed in 2013 by the House and Senate. I want to thank those members of the Arkansas delegation who voted for passage. They understand sustainable agriculture can only be achieved if long-term stability and profitability are part of the equation. Sen. John Boozman and Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas were among the conferees who worked diligently to bring about a compromise bill. This is far from a perfect bill, with many of the historic safety net programs used in the Midsouth now removed. But, frankly, the certainty of the new legislation is needed for our farmers and ranchers. Having a five-year program, as opposed to year-by-year or ad-hoc programs, was imperative, particularly as we go about making planting and livestock decisions for the coming year. The farm bill continues to be attacked from those unfamiliar with its general purpose. You, in fact, may have been asked to defend the programs. In a nutshell, the purpose of federal farm policy is to help ensure the availability and safety of the United States’ food supply. It does that by helping farmers and ranchers ride the uncertainties of world market forces, weather and government intervention. Bringing stability to the farm helps ensure production capacity remains in place and dulls some of the risk farmers and ranchers routinely face. The federal farm bill is not something we should be ashamed of but something we 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 #32. should be happy to defend and explain to those who question its value and purpose. Publisher assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. Those direct payments were crucial for many Midsouth farmers, particularly those who rely The Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation reserves the right to accept or reject all advertising requests. Send comments to: email@example.com There are several things of note included in the 2014 farm bill, including more than $7 billion for livestock producers through conservation (EQIP, etc.), disaster and grazing programs. The new legislation expands federal crop insurance and eliminates direct payments. heavily on irrigation. We see an opportunity to work with USDA’s Risk Management Agency to develop a crop-insurance program that will work for irrigated crops. As it stands now, the expansion of crop insurance doesn’t help the majority of Midsouth row-crop farmers. The proposed reference prices in this farm bill won’t replace the safety net that direct payments provided, but at least it will help. We are pleased the legislation preserves the farm bill’s permanent law tenets. It also maintains the historic connection between commodity and nutrition programs. These were issues for which Farm Bureau worked diligently to include in the legislation. We believe the linking of the commodity and nutrition programs is natural, and obvious, where the production of food and the feeding of those in need are appropriately connected. pcipublishing.com Created by Publishing Concepts, Inc. David Brown, President • firstname.lastname@example.org For Advertising info contact Tom Kennedy • 1-800-561-4686 email@example.com Edition 32 Farmers make a living adapting to changes, whether they are market forces, improvements in technology or weather. We’ll have to adjust to this new farm bill, for sure. But I believe in the resourcefulness of our farmers and ranchers. God bless you and your families. God bless the farmers and ranchers. And God bless Farm Bureau. Œ„´* Arkansas Agriculture 3 Local far mers create device to combat wire thef t System notifies owners when wires cut, electrical system compromised by Steve Eddington 4 Arkansas Agriculture F Faced with a copper wire theft epidemic on grain bin facilities, three Lonoke County farmers have uncovered, and are now marketing, a theft detection system they believe will yield dramatic results in the fight against wire theft. Farmers Scott Mitchell, Matt Schafer and Jerry Kelly were each victims of copper theft on their grain bin facilities – Kelly several times. They tried to think of ways to thwart the thieves who had figured out how to beat camera monitoring systems and other theft deterrents. They also spoke to law enforcement to understand their rights and limitations in protecting their property. Schafer went as far as staking out his farm at night. “I’d have dinner, put the kids to bed and get out there about midnight,” Schaefer recalled. “I had the perfect spot at a crossroads on our farm, where I could see anyone coming or going in any direction.” He says he had the sheriff department’s number programmed into his phone in one hand and a gun in his other hand for protection. Problem was, after a long day on the farm, Schaefer kept falling asleep. “I’d wake up and say ‘where the heck am I?’ So I’m telling myself ‘this isn’t fun, it’s probably not very safe, either.’ Finally, I told myself ‘I’m not doing this anymore,’” he said. “But I knew there had to be something out there – some sort of technology – that could help us with this problem.” In the darkness of one of those stakeout nights last May, Schafer reached for a piece of technology he had with him, an iPad, and typed into the search bar how to stop copper wire theft, agriculture. What popped up in the returns ultimately led him, Mitchell and Kelly to the technology they’ve now incorporated into a product they call BinSnitch. Arkansas Agriculture 5 An Indiana-based company named Net Irrigate had already created a wireless irrigation monitoring system that included the ability to notify owners when copper wiring was cut on centerpivot irrigation systems. Seeing an opportunity to transfer that technology to their problem with copper wire theft on grain bin systems, Schaefer and Mitchell began a series of conversations with the owners of Net Irrigate. After several months of discussion and a visit to Arkansas, Net Irrigate’s general manager, Edward DeSalle, came up with system tweaks that would allow deployment of his technology in a grain bin environment. “If you cut a wire or in any way break a connection, the BinSnitch immediately sends notice,” said Mitchell, who was the first to have the system installed on his grain bins last July. “It sends notice out to 10 different numbers through a cell phone connection.” Mitchell says it logs the GPS coordinates where the device is located and sends out an email, text or voicemail message. “You can program your home number, your cell number, the sheriff’s office, your neighbor, your farm help, whoever,” he said. “Any number you program into it. “We think this can be a big help to law enforcement. We want the copper thieves to know there is a deterrent that wasn’t there before.” Mitchell says the thought of those who engage in metal theft is Steve Eddington an irritant to his sensibilities. 6 Arkansas Agriculture Build a better mousetrap (from left to right) Farmers Jerry Kelly, Matt Schafer and Scott Mitchell teamed with Edward DeSalle to develop the BinSnitch system to help thwart copper wire theft at grain bin sites. THREE RULES FOR A PRODUCTIVE CROP YIELD: 1. NO WEEDS. 2. NO WEEDS. 3. NO WEEDS. Weeds have no part in a high-yield story. But the LibertyLink® trait and Liberty® herbicide do. Together they control even the toughest weeds, like Palmer amaranth, giant ragweed, waterhemp and marestail. With weeds out of the way, you’ll see higher yields on over 100 different brands of soybeans, cotton and canola. Take control of your fields with Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink seeds. Bayer CropScience LP, 2 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. 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I don’t like a copper thief.” Kelly, who runs a law practice in Carlisle and continues to direct, along with his brother, the family’s farming operation, understands the difficulty in getting a conviction in metal theft cases. “I’ve been a special prosecutor. I’ve been a judge, and I practice law,” Kelly said. “I know what it takes to bring about prosecution. And that’s not easy (with this type of theft), and there’s good reason for that.” He says just having a photo of someone at your grain bins doesn’t automatically mean a conviction. “You have to prove a person is guilty of a criminal act beyond a reasonable doubt. With the epidemic of metal theft we have, the police are getting a bad rap for not catching these people, but they’re just as frustrated as anyone,” Kelly said. “They’re tired of pulling up and seeing the plastic clippings from the wire casing that has been cut and having a mad landowner, because they haven’t caught somebody. They know they Wire theft The amount of copper wire used at grain bin sites along with the sites’ remote but accessible setups make them targets for thieves. 8 Arkansas Agriculture Keith Sutton need something more.” MARKS THE PLOT MORSOY XTRA 47X12 | 48X02 870.477.5427 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.MorSoyXtra.com | facebook.com/MorSoyGenetics twitter.com/MorSoyGenetics Arkansas Agriculture 9 Keith Sutton More than pictures It can take more than photos of thieves to successfully get a conviction for wire theft. The BinSnitch system can alert farm owners and law enforcement when a theft is in progress, raising the chances that thieves are caught in the act. Kelly says they knew Farm Bureau had worked in the legislature last session to get more teeth in metal pictures of people hauling off your something that took the control out stuff. of the thieves’ hands.” “First off, we want to help the The BinSnitch system is available theft laws with only minimal success. farmer. I cannot stand to think there for $2,750 per unit. There are no “We were concerned that our law are people out there sitting up at monthly monitoring fees, and the enforcement didn’t have the tools night to guard their grain bins,” system operates on a battery with needed to really impact metal theft,” Mitchell said. “When that happens, a three- to five-year power supply. he said. the cost of repair is far more Mitchell says they’ve installed dozens expensive than the wire that’s been of units across Arkansas, with the stolen. It’s devastating. ability to go nationwide with the They believe the BinSnitch system can help both the farmer and law enforcement. “We’ve got enough sense to know product. Those interested in finding there’s going to come a time when out more about the BinSnitch should many of these BinSnitch devices can Farm Bureau says it can’t afford to contact AgSecure at 105 Park Street, we get out there to stop this metal insure your bins anymore or the cost Suite B, Carlisle, AR 72024, or by theft?” Mitchell said. “We believe of that insurance is going to get so calling (870) 552-5000. this is going to help. You can get high we can’t afford it,” Mitchell cameras. But cameras are going to get said. “We knew we had to do “We want to make this work. How 10 Arkansas Agriculture Arkansas Farm Bureau paid claims in excess of $1 million for copper- theft losses on grain bins, irrigation Ag Chemicals Direct to the farm equipment and farm buildings in 2013, with losses exceeding $2 million during the past three years. Nationally, Net Irrigate estimates wire theft accounted for more than $1 billion dollars in losses in 2013. As a way to counter some of those losses, Arkansas Farm Bureau will waive an insured’s deductible up to $1,000 on claims where a copper theft loss occurs and BinSnitch was properly installed at the time of the loss. this can bring to a farmer, you can’t put a dollar value on that,” Kelly said. “One thing I know, these copper thieves are sort of like lightning. You know they’re going to hit, but you don’t know when, “At least now, with BinSnitch, you’ve got a fighting chance with the thieves.” Œ„´* • Generic Glyphosate • Herbicides • Fungicides “The peace of mind a system like and you don’t know where. 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His efforts resulted in In the 1950s, Darling was a agriculture, the state’s largest industry. policy implementation promoting young forester working for the agriculture, trade and rural Fordyce Lumber Company where prosperity. he pioneered the first landowner The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of The group will be honored at the 26th annual induction luncheon, 11:30 a.m., March 7 in the assistance program, a new to the United States House of innovation in the forest industry at Embassy Suites Hotel. Luncheon Representatives for Arkansas’ 1st the time. This program combined a tickets are $35 each and are available Congressional District, winning by forester’s knowledge with landowners by calling (501) 228-1470 or email a small margin. But in the next six struggling to make ends meet email@example.com. elections, Berry would win with close following the Great Depression and to two-thirds of the vote or more. World War II. The program helped During this time, he was a major farmers generate a supplemental R. Marion Berry advocate for lifting the trade ban on income from their farm woodlots earning a Cuba, so Arkansas rice farmers could through scientifically based forest pharmacy regain trade opportunities. Berry was management and improve the value degree from a member of multiple committees of their property while improving the University and a champion for agriculture the forestland’s health and of Arkansas, R. throughout his House tenure; among productivity. Marion Berry, those being on the House Agriculture 71, always has Committee, where he helped write Fordyce Lumber Company, Darling had farming the 2002 farm bill. Berry served in continued his landowner assistance Congress until 2011. efforts, further expanding the Despite in his blood and used practices When Georgia-Pacific bought the learned on the farm to become program. At the peak of Darling’s an influential political figure in career, he was responsible for Arkansas agriculture. The Arkansas managing 3 million acres of Georgia- County rice and soybean farmer from Gillett would eventually travel to Washington, D.C. to promote agriculture worldwide. O.H. “Doogie” Darling O.H. “Doogie” Pacific timberland, delivering wood to 28 forest production mills in eight states. After retiring from Georgia-Pacific, Darling, 85, Darling served on the Deltic Timber Berry to the Arkansas Soil and Water of Crossett, is Corporation’s Board of Directors for Conservation Commission where a well-known 12 years. Darling has been a member he served from 1986 to 1994. When name in forestry of the Arkansas Forestry Association Clinton won the White House, he in southern for almost 50 years and served as its brought Berry to Washington with Arkansas. president in 1988 to 1989. He is also him, appointing him as his special Darling earned a member of the Arkansas Foresters’ Governor Bill Clinton appointed 12 In 1996, Berry won election Ambassador Ballroom of Little Rock’s assistant for Agricultural Trade and his forestry technician certificate Hall of Fame and mentored many Food Assistance, and as a presidential from Arkansas A&M College (now young foresters throughout the state. advisor on the White House the University of Arkansas at Domestic Policy Council during Monticello). He went on to earn a Clinton’s first term. In these roles, bachelor’s degree in forestry from Arkansas Agriculture Ruben H. Johnson and securing a $904,000 grant to farming his best rice ground year study broiler production. As a result after year. He also pioneered zero- graduating from of that grant, four broiler houses grading of rice fields when he the University were constructed in Savoy for broiler noticed how long it took for water of Arkansas research. to drain from a traditional sloped After in 1955 with Johnson retired in 1988 and contour levee system. Zero-grading a degree in moved to Magazine where he uses allowed the field to drain water animal science, his Extension experience to obtain quicker in four directions rather than Ruben H. grants for local organizations, such as the one sloped direction found in Johnson joined the Magazine Rural Fire Department, a traditional rice levee system. This the University Booneville Development Corporation led to extensive water conservation of Arkansas Cooperative Extension and the town of Magazine. He’s a benefits. Isbell and his sons were the Service as associate county agent in Korean War veteran and retired from first to do this in Arkansas. Washington County. While Johnson, the Arkansas Army National Guard as now 83, began his career at the local a colonel in 1984. It took a trip to California by Isbell’s son, Chris, to get involved level, he quickly was promoted to in another rice-growing innovation. the state office after two years. Chris met a Japanese man, who claimed that Koshihikari, a Japanese While in Washington County, Johnson started the 4-H pullet chain funded by the Sears-Roebuck Foundation. His work with poultry Leroy Isbell rice variety, couldn’t be farmed outside of Japan. Father and son With took on the challenge, successfully in Washington County led to his innovations in cultivating the Japanese variety and promotion to UACES Poultryman in the rice industry taking it to market in the U.S. and 1957. Johnson’s accomplishments never before eventually Japan when it opened included his educational work on attempted trade for rice imports. broiler production and the initiation by anyone in of some of the earliest work on Arkansas or to his family farm wanting to proper use of poultry litter. the U.S., Leroy improve their own rice-growing. Isbell, 89, of The Isbell family is well respected After working as poultryman for Isbell’s successes bring visitors seven years, Johnson was promoted England, pioneered methods making and recognizable in Japan where to two divisional positions for the his name internationally recognized. the family’s picture adorns the rice Southwest District: district resource Isbell’s innovations during a 55-year products it sells there. development specialist (1964-70) career are widely accepted today. and district agent (1970-75). In Isbell first learned about rice 1975, Johnson became UACES State farming from GI bill classes he Leader for Agriculture where he had attended after leaving the Navy. He administrative responsibility for began with 40 acres, paying for the 35 counties. Under his leadership, first crop with his GI bill paycheck. specialists and agents increased In1959, Isbell purchased 900 acres in agricultural educational programs, such as — then in use for fish production — practices are research verification programs in and modified it for rice. necessary for various commodities. With the latest Isbell rebelled against the Keith Lusby Innovations agriculture research available, production yields common rice-growing practices like and livestock increased and production costs rotating rice crops in fields to lessen production to decreased. the impact of red rice problems. grow. 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The agriculture major is busy with school work, as well as her duties as FFA grade, and I absolutely fell in love Secretary/Treasurer. “I didn’t show a goat until 10th with all of it.” She showed goats the rest of high “Sunni, I think you’d make a great ag intelligently about agriculture issues. school and got involved with FFA. “I education teacher.” She says she brushed “Farm Bureau is an asset to FFA but found my passion. No matter where you it off, but then got to thinking seriously just like FFA, Farm Bureau is only as strong come from or what you do, you can be about it. as its members are,” Wise said. “So Farm something, be who you want to be and “My entire life I wanted to work with Bureau can look to FFA, and FFA can work toward success in the FFA,” Wise animals, which would be an ag teacher. I look to Farm Bureau for strength. They’re said. “You don’t have to be a farmer or a wanted to work with kids, which would beneficial to each other like a symbiotic scientist who’s going to create the next be an ag teacher,” she said. “And I wanted relationship, and the result is both are generation of soybeans to feed the world. to make a difference. What other job can helping the agriculture industry.” You can just be you and bring what you you have to make a difference in the lives have to the table. And I like the aspect of of people to help build them up into the agriculture, that’s what Sunni Wise is all being in the FFA, and I like that you can people they want to be?” about. She says her FFA experience has make a difference in the field of agriculture no matter what you’re doing.” Originally, Sunni thought she wanted to be a veterinarian. Then she realized that wasn’t it. She wanted to be around Helping spread the good word about It was then she knew she was going even helped her teach her family about ag. to be an ag teacher. “I’m really interested She’s even managed to get her 14-year-old in Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom brother interested in agriculture. program,” she said. Through FFA, she’s become familiar “My little brother, Baylen, sent me a text recently ‘Sister I joined ag’ when he animals, she wanted to help people, with Arkansas Farm Bureau. Sunni was joined FFA,” Wise said. “He’s 14 now and and she wanted to make a difference. In a Discussion Meet winner while in high has wanted to be a farmer since he was 12. eleventh grade, her ag teacher told her, school, proof of her skill in speaking How cool is that?” 18 Arkansas Agriculture Œ„´* Check Out Our Website: www.shopsbuilt.com Arkansas • 501-351-3444 Louisiana • 318-469-4843 Texas • 903-469-4843 I WILL BEAT THE PRICE OF ANY SAME SPEC BUILDING GUARANTEED! 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Mississippi County Farm Family of the Outside of Arkansas Farm Bureau, Year award in 2001. Felts’ service within Farm Bureau motivation to serve on the Arkansas Farm Thrash has been a member of the Bureau state board,” Thrash said. “I’m Arkansas Soybean Association for 14 includes serving in Mississippi County honored to be a part of the long history years where he was elected to the as vice chair of the Women’s Committee of Arkansas Farm Bureau, looking out for Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board in from 2006 to 2007, and she has chaired the interests of agriculture statewide.” 2013. Thrash is a member of the Faulkner the county Women’s Committee since Before being elected to the state County 4-H Foundation. He and his wife, 2008. Felts worked for the state Rural board, Thrash held positions at the Renee’, have four children, Benjamin, Health & Safety Committee in 2010 and county level and worked on committees Austin, Kate and Anna. He farms 1,050 has been vice chair of the state Women’s at the county and state levels. Thrash acres. Thrash enjoys trout fishing and Committee since 2012. became president of Faulkner County hunting for deer and ducks. Farm Bureau in 2001 and also served Felts joined Arkansas Farm Bureau in “There is a long, rich history of Arkansas Farm Bureau in Mississippi as president from 2008 to 2010. Thrash 1980. A second-generation farmer, Felts County,” Felts said. “I’m proud to be a was part of the state Young Farmers began farming in 1980 specializing in part of it, and I look forward to doing & Ranchers Committee in 2000 and rice, soybeans, wheat, cotton and milo. what Farm Bureau does best, being an the Resolutions Committee from 2010 Felts farms 2,000 acres with her husband, advocate for and serving the interests of to 2013. 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