Arkansas Agriculture - Winter 2014
Farm Bureau Perspective - Farm Bill; Local farmers create device to combat wire theft; Ag Hall of Fame inductees; Faces of Agriculture-Sunni Wise; Take advantage of ag tax cuts; New Board Member Profiles-Thrash and Felts add talents.
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F e a t u r e s Combating grain bin wire theft by Steve Eddington Ag Hall of Fame inductees by Bricen Pace 4 12 3 18 22 26 28 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. 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 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 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. 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 Farm Bureau by Randy Veach, President Arkansas Farm Bureau W routinely face. programs. 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 The federal farm bill is not something we should be ashamed of but something we should be happy to defend and explain to those who question its value and purpose. 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 The new legislation expands federal crop insurance and eliminates direct payments. Those direct payments were crucial for many Midsouth farmers, particularly those who rely 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. 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. 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 32 Œ„´* Arkansas Agriculture 3 Local far mers create wire thef t device to combat 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 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. Steve Eddington 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 elds 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 need something more.” 8 Arkansas Agriculture Keith Sutton 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. PLOT MORSOY XTRA 47X12 | 48X02 870.477.5427 | email@example.com www.MorSoyXtra.com | facebook.com/MorSoyGenetics twitter.com/MorSoyGenetics MARKS THE Arkansas Agriculture 9 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 theft laws with only minimal success. “We were concerned that our law enforcement didn’t have the tools needed to really impact metal theft,” he said. They believe the BinSnitch system can help both the farmer and law enforcement. “We want to make this work. How many of these BinSnitch devices can we get out there to stop this metal theft?” Mitchell said. “We believe this is going to help. You can get cameras. But cameras are going to get pictures of people hauling off your stuff. “First off, we want to help the farmer. I cannot stand to think there are people out there sitting up at night to guard their grain bins,” Mitchell said. “When that happens, the cost of repair is far more expensive than the wire that’s been stolen. It’s devastating. “We’ve got enough sense to know there’s going to come a time when Farm Bureau says it can’t afford to insure your bins anymore or the cost of that insurance is going to get so high we can’t afford it,” Mitchell said. “We knew we had to do something that took the control out of the thieves’ hands.” The BinSnitch system is available for $2,750 per unit. There are no monthly monitoring fees, and the system operates on a battery with a three- to five-year power supply. Mitchell says they’ve installed dozens of units across Arkansas, with the ability to go nationwide with the product. Those interested in finding out more about the BinSnitch should contact AgSecure at 105 Park Street, Suite B, Carlisle, AR 72024, or by calling (870) 552-5000. Arkansas Farm Bureau paid claims in excess of $1 million for copper- 10 Arkansas Agriculture Keith Sutton theft losses on grain bins, irrigation 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. “The peace of mind a system like 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, and you don’t know where. “At least now, with BinSnitch, you’ve got a fighting chance with the thieves.” Ag Chemicals Direct to the farm The BEST prices on these items: • Generic Glyphosate • Herbicides • Fungicides • Plant Growth Regulators • Crop Oil • Surfactant • Pasture Products • FREE DELIVERY to Your Farm Ag Chem Direct is an established company that can provide all the products you need, with low overhead, which means savings in your pocket! 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In the 1950s, Darling was a young forester working for the Fordyce Lumber Company where he pioneered the first landowner assistance program, a new innovation in the forest industry at the time. This program combined a forester’s knowledge with landowners struggling to make ends meet following the Great Depression and World War II. The program helped farmers generate a supplemental income from their farm woodlots through scientifically based forest management and improve the value of their property while improving the forestland’s health and productivity. When Georgia-Pacific bought the Fordyce Lumber Company, Darling continued his landowner assistance efforts, further expanding the program. At the peak of Darling’s career, he was responsible for managing 3 million acres of Georgia- Fame will induct six individuals whose leadership and service have brought distinction to Arkansas agriculture, the state’s largest industry. 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When Clinton won the White House, he brought Berry to Washington with him, appointing him as his special assistant for Agricultural Trade and Food Assistance, and as a presidential advisor on the White House Domestic Policy Council during Clinton’s first term. In these roles, advocate for lifting the trade ban on Cuba, so Arkansas rice farmers could regain trade opportunities. Berry was a member of multiple committees and a champion for agriculture throughout his House tenure; among those being on the House Agriculture Committee, where he helped write the 2002 farm bill. Berry served in Congress until 2011. O.H. “Doogie” Darling O.H. “Doogie” Darling, 85, of Crossett, is a well-known name in forestry in southern Arkansas. Darling earned his forestry technician certificate from Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello). He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Pacific timberland, delivering wood to 28 forest production mills in eight states. After retiring from Georgia-Pacific, Darling served on the Deltic Timber Corporation’s Board of Directors for 12 years. Darling has been a member of the Arkansas Forestry Association for almost 50 years and served as its president in 1988 to 1989. He is also a member of the Arkansas Foresters’ Hall of Fame and mentored many young foresters throughout the state. 12 Arkansas Agriculture Ruben H. Johnson After graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1955 with a degree in animal science, Ruben H. Johnson joined the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service as associate county agent in Washington County. While Johnson, now 83, began his career at the local level, he quickly was promoted to the state office after two years. While in Washington County, Johnson started the 4-H pullet chain funded by the Sears-Roebuck Foundation. His work with poultry in Washington County led to his promotion to UACES Poultryman in 1957. Johnson’s accomplishments included his educational work on broiler production and the initiation of some of the earliest work on proper use of poultry litter. After working as poultryman for seven years, Johnson was promoted to two divisional positions for the Southwest District: district resource development specialist (1964-70) and district agent (1970-75). In 1975, Johnson became UACES State Leader for Agriculture where he had administrative responsibility for 35 counties. Under his leadership, specialists and agents increased educational programs, such as research verification programs in various commodities. With the latest research available, production yields increased and production costs decreased. Johnson’s major accomplishments were his appointment to the position of UACES Acting Director in 1981 and securing a $904,000 grant to study broiler production. As a result of that grant, four broiler houses were constructed in Savoy for broiler research. Johnson retired in 1988 and moved to Magazine where he uses his Extension experience to obtain grants for local organizations, such as the Magazine Rural Fire Department, Booneville Development Corporation and the town of Magazine. He’s a Korean War veteran and retired from the Arkansas Army National Guard as a colonel in 1984. farming his best rice ground year after year. He also pioneered zerograding of rice fields when he noticed how long it took for water to drain from a traditional sloped contour levee system. Zero-grading allowed the field to drain water quicker in four directions rather than the one sloped direction found in a traditional rice levee system. This led to extensive water conservation benefits. Isbell and his sons were the first to do this in Arkansas. It took a trip to California by Isbell’s son, Chris, to get involved in another rice-growing innovation. Chris met a Japanese man, who claimed that Koshihikari, a Japanese Leroy Isbell With innovations in the rice industry never before attempted by anyone in Arkansas or the U.S., Leroy Isbell, 89, of England, pioneered methods making his name internationally recognized. Isbell’s innovations during a 55-year career are widely accepted today. Isbell first learned about rice farming from GI bill classes he attended after leaving the Navy. He began with 40 acres, paying for the first crop with his GI bill paycheck. In1959, Isbell purchased 900 acres — then in use for fish production — and modified it for rice. Isbell rebelled against the common rice-growing practices like rotating rice crops in fields to lessen the impact of red rice problems. He found that by water seeding his rice crops, he controlled red rice problems so well he could continue rice variety, couldn’t be farmed outside of Japan. Father and son took on the challenge, successfully cultivating the Japanese variety and taking it to market in the U.S. and eventually Japan when it opened trade for rice imports. Isbell’s successes bring visitors to his family farm wanting to improve their own rice-growing. The Isbell family is well respected and recognizable in Japan where the family’s picture adorns the rice products it sells there. Keith Lusby Innovations in agricultural practices are necessary for agriculture and livestock production to grow. Moreover, the methods and facilities used in educating students should be innovative, too. Keith Arkansas Arkansas Agriculture Agriculture 13 13 S. 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Arkansas Agriculture 17 Faces of Agriculture Sunni Wise All about ag S with all of it.” by Gregg Patterson Sunni Wise, 18, is young, vivacious and all about ag. The Southern Arkansas University freshman is majoring in agriculture education. She’s also fully immersed this school year in ag issues as the 2013-14 state secretary for FFA. For Sunni Wise, it’s all about ag; strange, coming from a girl who didn’t grow up on a farm or get interested in agriculture until high school. The ag bug bit the Bismarck High “I signed up for my first ag class, because some of my friends were showing goats. I thought that was really cool,” Wise said. “I didn’t show a goat until 10th Keith Sutton School graduate in ninth grade. All ag to the bone Sunni Wise is completing her freshman year at Southern Arkansas University. The agriculture major is busy with school work, as well as her duties as FFA grade, and I absolutely fell in love Secretary/Treasurer. She showed goats the rest of high school and got involved with FFA. “I found my passion. No matter where you come from or what you do, you can be something, be who you want to be and work toward success in the FFA,” Wise said. “You don’t have to be a farmer or a scientist who’s going to create the next generation of soybeans to feed the world. You can just be you and bring what you have to the table. And I like the aspect of being in the FFA, and I like that you can 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 animals, she wanted to help people, and she wanted to make a difference. In eleventh grade, her ag teacher told her, “Sunni, I think you’d make a great ag education teacher.” She says she brushed it off, but then got to thinking seriously about it. “My entire life I wanted to work with animals, which would be an ag teacher. I wanted to work with kids, which would be an ag teacher,” she said. “And I wanted to make a difference. What other job can you have to make a difference in the lives of people to help build them up into the people they want to be?” It was then she knew she was going to be an ag teacher. “I’m really interested in Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program,” she said. Through FFA, she’s become familiar with Arkansas Farm Bureau. Sunni was a Discussion Meet winner while in high school, proof of her skill in speaking intelligently about agriculture issues. “Farm Bureau is an asset to FFA but just like FFA, Farm Bureau is only as strong as its members are,” Wise said. “So Farm Bureau can look to FFA, and FFA can look to Farm Bureau for strength. They’re beneficial to each other like a symbiotic relationship, and the result is both are helping the agriculture industry.” Helping spread the good word about agriculture, that’s what Sunni Wise is all about. She says her FFA experience has even helped her teach her family about ag. She’s even managed to get her 14-year-old brother interested in agriculture. “My little brother, Baylen, sent me a text recently ‘Sister I joined ag’ when he joined FFA,” Wise said. “He’s 14 now and has wanted to be a farmer since he was 12. How cool is that?” Œ„´* 18 Arkansas Agriculture www.shopsbuilt.com Check Out Our Website: 501-351-3444 4 Arkansas • 501-351-344 Louisiana • 318-469-484 318-469-4843 3 Texas • 903-469-484 903-469-4843 3 I WILL BEAT THE PRICE OF ANY SAME SPEC BUILDING GUARANTEED! Be sure to mention this ad Shops • Garages • Barns • Equipment Sheds • Concrete Work BUILDINGS OF ALL SIZES 24x30x10 30x30x10 30x40x10 30x50x10 40x60x12 Galvalume $8,250 $9,750 $12,400 $15,200 $25,700 Colored $8,600 $10,750 $13,400 $16,300 $28,300 Includes all Labor and Materials and Concrete Slab with Moisture Barrier and Electric Stub. Standard Doors (1) 10x10 Roll Up and (1) Steel Walk-In Door. 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Act 1441 created a sales tax exemption for electricity, propane and natural gas used in poultry, cattle, dairy, horticulture, swine and aquaculture facilities and operations. That exemption took effect on Jan. 1, and sign up for the exemption is ongoing. Act 1441 will save farmers approximately $11 million annually. Economists estimate poultry farms will save about $600 per house If you think your farm is eligible for this exemption, you’ll 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. Tanks or meters must exclusively serve the agriculture purpose or they aren’t eligible. If you don’t already have the necessary certification form, download it from the Arkansas Farm Bureau website , www.arfb.com, or if you don’t have access to the Internet, contact Farm Bureau at 501-228-1229 or visit your local 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 your NAICS code. After the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration receives the completed forms, they’ll mail an official certificate that indicates your farm is eligible for the exemption. Share copies of this certificate 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 leads to big savings. Next time you see your legislator, thank them for making this exemption possible. It’s important to let them know farmers appreciate their support. A similar exemption (Act 1401 by Sen. Dismang) for grain drying and storage will take effect on July 1. Those meters will need to be certified through a similar process this spring. These tax cuts happened through the efforts of our farmers who let legislators know the legislation was important and legislators who listened and kept the pressure up at the capitol. In a time when many are down on elected officials, it’s good to be able to say thanks for the many good things they do. Œ„* 22 Arkansas Agriculture “SEA MINERALS” Forage applied materials work within hours. Cost 1/4 of most ground applied materials. Stimulates life in the soil. Organisms farm around the clock. “Let’s Do It Natures Way” “Do The Math” For Advertising Information Apply To Any Growing Forage $4 Per Acre • $12 Per Year $50 Per 50 Lb. Bag • $1,600 A Ton Call or e-mail Tom Kennedy 1.800.561.4686 918-367-5146 free shipping ton lots 918-698-5308 www.osm100.com email@example.com 0 Down, 0 %Financing up to 60Months $ A.P.R. * ow thing big tomorr e m so rt ta S y. a r! Save tod bota Disc Mowe u K w e N r u yo h wit TASTE ArkAnsAs.com from farm to table Food, like nothing else, brings us together. 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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 New Board Member Profiles New board members elected Thrash and Felts add talents by Bricen Pace J Joe Carroll Thrash, 47, of Conway and Sherry Wren Felts, 53, of Joiner are the newest members on Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors. The two were elected on Dec. 6, 2013 during Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 79th Annual Thrash joined Arkansas Convention. Farm Bureau in 1989. A thirdgeneration farmer, he started Keith Sutton his farming operation in 1989 specializing in rice, soybeans, wheat and corn. Thrash followed his father to Farm Bureau. His father, Carroll, served on the Faulkner County Farm Bureau board. “The opportunity to represent and serve my fellow farmers was a major motivation to serve on the Arkansas Farm Bureau state board,” Thrash said. “I’m honored to be a part of the long history of Arkansas Farm Bureau, looking out for the interests of agriculture statewide.” Before being elected to the state board, Thrash held positions at the county level and worked on committees at the county and state levels. Thrash became president of Faulkner County Farm Bureau in 2001 and also served as president from 2008 to 2010. Thrash was part of the state Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee in 2000 and the Resolutions Committee from 2010 to 2013. In Faulkner County, Thrash Joe Thrash Sherry Felts was also active on the Membership Committee in 2013. Outside of Arkansas Farm Bureau, Thrash has been a member of the Arkansas Soybean Association for 14 years where he was elected to the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board in 2013. Thrash is a member of the Faulkner County 4-H Foundation. He and his wife, Renee’, have four children, Benjamin, Austin, Kate and Anna. He farms 1,050 acres. Thrash enjoys trout fishing and hunting for deer and ducks. Felts joined Arkansas Farm Bureau in 1980. A second-generation farmer, Felts began farming in 1980 specializing in rice, soybeans, wheat, cotton and milo. Felts farms 2,000 acres with her husband, Benton, her son, Wren, and Benton’s father. The Felts family was awarded the Mississippi County Farm Family of the Year award in 2001. Felts’ service within Farm Bureau includes serving in Mississippi County as vice chair of the Women’s Committee from 2006 to 2007, and she has chaired the county Women’s Committee since 2008. Felts worked for the state Rural Health & Safety Committee in 2010 and has been vice chair of the state Women’s Committee since 2012. “There is a long, rich history of Arkansas Farm Bureau in Mississippi County,” Felts said. “I’m proud to be a part of it, and I look forward to doing what Farm Bureau does best, being an advocate for and serving the interests of agriculture throughout Arkansas.” Œ„´* 26 Arkansas Agriculture Keith Sutton www.sbimetalbuildings.com Hot Springs, Arkansas 1-800-814-3311 For equipment sheds, barns, outbuildings, garages, and everything else under the sun, you can count on SBI Metal Buildings for competitive pricing and timely delivery of complete, precision fabricated building systems. SBI is a single-source manufacturer of all the major components for our pre-engineered metal buildings. Our quality control leads to superior quality, and that quality can also be found in ourÂ components, metal roofing panels,Â cee's, zee's and trim. When you want the best, you want SBI. GROWING LEADERS Arkansas Farm Bureau and the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the U of A improve the lives of families across our state and nation, and around the world. Our future is tied to the businesses of foods and agriculture. Congratulations to Ewell Welch, former AFB Executive Vice President, on his recent retirement and congratulations to Rodney Baker on his recent appointment to AFB Executive Vice President. The Bumpers College grows leaders of today and tomorrow. Ewell Welch Retired AFB Executive Vice President New AFB Executive Vice President Two-time Bumpers College alumnus Two-time Bumpers College alumnus Rodney Baker 13-238 Arkansas Farm Bureau magazine ad.indd 1 12/2/13 Arkansas Agriculture 8:46 AM Mollie Dykes 27 RuralReflections Icy lace Ice from a February storm covers the trees, creating a lace-like look, on a hillside above this horse pasture near Lonsdale. Photo by Keith Sutton. 28 Arkansas Agriculture Committed. Strong. reliAble. truSted. member-owned. Farm Creditâ€™s more than 10,000 customer-owners across Arkansas include rural home owners, row crop farmers, livestock operations, local food farmers, and full and part-time farmers. With $2.8 billion in assets, Arkansas Farm Credit associations serve agriculture, our communities and the rural lifestyle. Members enjoy unique benefits like patronage refunds totaling more than $122 million since 1997. Are you Farm Credit? 800-444-3276 farmcredit.com Arkansas Agriculture 29 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Little Rock, AR Permit No. 1884 Grow Your Ag Business with Farm Bureau Bank Purchase or refinance the agricultural equipment you need today to grow your business for the future. Plus, take advantage of your membership with dedicated service, special rates, flexible terms and payment plans up to seven full years. We make financing easy! Contact your local Arkansas Farm Bureau agent or visit farmbureaubank.com Existing Farm Bureau Bank loans are excluded from this offer. *Rate disclosed as Annual Percentage Rate (APR) and based on exceptional credit. Some restrictions may apply based upon the make and model of equipment offered as collateral. Up to 90% financing for new and 85% for used equipment. Loans subject to credit approval. Rates are accurate as of 09/13/13. Rates and financing are limited to farm equipment model years 2003 or newer and are subject to change without notice. A down payment may be required for new or used equipment purchases. Financial information required for loan requests over $50,000. Commercial vehicles and trailers may be subject to an additional documentation fee. Farm Bureau Bank does not provide equity or cash-out financing on commercial vehicles and equipment. Banking services provided by Farm Bureau Bank FSB. 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