Strong We salute our top Young Farmers & Ranchers
New ag tax exemptions coming Jan. 1 Get certified now
On top of most current offers, here’s an extra bonus1 for Farm Bureau members.
Save even more on a truck that works as hard as you. Chevrolet presents this exclusive $1,500 offer1 toward the purchase or lease of a 2013 Chevy Silverado HD Regular Cab just for Farm Bureau members. Vincentric recently recognized Chevy Silverado as having the lowest total cost of ownership of any full-size pickup.2 Meaning you won’t simply save now — you’ll save over time. And while saving is great, so is the confidence that comes with driving the best full-size pickup in America. Rest assured, Silverado knows the meaning of hard work. Visit fbverify.com/gm for your authorization number.
1 Offer available through 4/1/14. Available on all 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet vehicles (excluding Volt). This offer is not available with some other
offers, including private offers. Only customers who have been active members of an eligible Farm Bureau for a minimum of 60 days will be eligible to receive a certificate. Customers can obtain certificates at www.fbverify.com/gm. Farm Bureau and the FB logo are registered service marks of the American Farm Bureau Federation and are used herein under license by General Motors. 2 Ownership costs based on Vincentric 2013 Model Level Analysis of full-size pickups in the U.S. retail market.
Farm Bureau members can get a $5001 private offer toward the purchase or lease of most new GM vehicles,including the Chevrolet Silverado 2500hD and 3500hD lineup. Visit fbverify. com for more details. They get tough jobs done with a maximum payload of up to 6,635 lbs.2 and a conventional towing capacity of up to 17,000 lbs.3And through the GM Business Choice Program,4 business owners receive even more when purchasing or leasing an eligible Chevrolet or GMC truck or van for business use. Visit gmbusinesschoice.com for details.
Chevrolet of Fayetteville 1310 W Showroom Dr Fayetteville 479-251-2100
Chevy of Fayetteville
Stanley Wood George Kell
Everett Buick-GMC I-30 Alcoa Exit, Bryant 501-315-7100 EverettBGMC.com
Rhodes Hug Smith
Stanley Wood Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac 290 South Central Avenue, Batesville 870-793-8400
Orr Gwatney Buick/GMC Bale
Smith Chevrolet-Cadillac Co. 1215 Hwy 71 S, Fort Smith 479-646-7301
George Kell Motors 501 Hwy 367 North Newport 870-523-2792 www.georgekellmotors.com MOTORS INC
Smart Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC 515 W 5th, Pine Bluff 870-534-8122 www.smartdrive.com
- GM Dealership locations - Select dealer contact info on the right.
Exclusive $500 Member Private Offer is Available at any Arkansas Chevy, GMC or Buick Dealer. Offer valid toward the purchase of new 2011, 2012 and 2013 Buick, Chevrolet and GMC models, excluding Chevrolet Volt. 2 Requires Regular Cab model and gas engine. Maximum payload capacity includes weight of driver, passengers, optional equipment and cargo. 3 Requires available 6.6L Duramax® diesel engine. Maximum trailer ratings assume a properly-equipped base vehicle plus driver. See dealer for details. 4 To qualify, vehicles must be used in the day-to-day operation of the business and not solely for transportation purposes. Must provide proof of business. This program may not be compatible with other offers or incentive programs. Consult your local Chevrolet or GMC dealer or visit gmbusinesschoice.com for program compatibility and other restrictions. Take delivery by 4/1/2014. Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation® are registered service marks owned by the American Farm Bureau Federation, and are used herein (or by GM) under license.©2011 General Motors LLC
415 Main St. • PO Box 158 • Charleston, AR 72933 800-467-1610 • 479-965-2369 • HugGM.com
Central ChevroletCadillac 3207 Stadium Blvd, Jonesboro 870-935-5575 Everett Chevrolet I-540 at Elm Springs Road, Springdale 888-536-0352 EverettChevroletNWA.com
Bull Motor Company Bull Motor 729 Hwy 64 W, Wynne 870-238-2800 Company
Lucky’s of Monticello 1215 hway 425 North, Monticello 870-367-6000 www.autobylucky.com
Holt Auto Group 905 Unity Rd., Crossett 870-364-4424 www.holtautogroup.net
Allen Tillery Auto 4573 Central, Hot Springs 1-888-TILLERY www.allentilleryauto.com
Rhodes Chevrolet 2800 Alma Hwy.Exit 2A/I-540 Van Buren 1-866-679-2438 www.rhodeschevy.com
Gerren Motor Company Chevrolet Buick GMC 2190 US Hwy 165 W, England 501-842-2527 Continuing the Hometown Experience
Gwatney Chevy Russell Gerren
Everett Buick-GMC Moberly Lane, Bentonville 866-812-3307 EverettNWA.com
Holly Chevrolet 6601 Interstate 55 N, Marion 870-739-7337
Russell Chevrolet 6100 Landers Road, Sherwood 800-511-5823 www.russellchevrolet.com
Gwatney Chevrolet Gregory Street Exit Jacksonville 800-697-9586 www.GoGwatney.com Gwatney Buick/GMC 5700 Landers Road, North Little Rock www.GoGwatney.com
Bale Chevrolet 13101 Chenal Pky Little Rock 800-467-2253 www.balechevrolet.com
VOLUME 10 Issue 4
YF&R Strong by Gregg Patterson
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
Executive Editor: Steve Eddington Editor: Gregg Patterson Contributing Writers: Ken Moore, Keith Sutton, Chris Wilson Research Assistant: Brenda Gregory
3 18 22 26 28
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
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.
We salute our top Young Farmers & Ranchers by Gregg Patterson Photos by Keith Sutton
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.
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. Kris
to earn it. “This past year, we designed an
says they had to use older equipment, “. . . some we purchased and some we
11,000-square-foot shop and equipment
rented from family members until we
facility and a 100,000-bushel grain bin,”
could get on our feet.”
Kris says. “I’m most proud of our shop facility, because we did all the designing
Since that time Kris says, “We’ve purchased every piece of equipment
and building of the offices and tool
necessary to run our operation. None of
rooms inside the shop.” Kris says his goal is being able to
this equipment was acquired through
Adding on This 100,000-bushel grain storage facility is one of the newest additions on Kris and Meredith Baker’s farm.
Safe Step Tubs have received the Ease-of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation
N THE U.S.A EI
LIFETIME LIMITED WARRANTY
H P RID
Financing available with approved credit
A Safe Step Walk-In Tub offers independence to those seeking a safe and easy way to bathe right in the convenience and comfort of their own home. ✓ Made in America, with more standard features than any other tub ✓ Dual hydro-massage therapy system- 10 water and 16 air bubble jets, offering life-changing benefits ✓ Built-in support bar and the industry’s leading low step-in www.MySafeStepWalkinTub.com ✓ The highest quality tub complete with a lifetime warranty ✓ Top-of-the-line installation and service included You won’t find a better walk-in tub, with all these features and more, included with a lifetime warranty at a low affordable price. Call now! For your FREE information kit and DVD, and our Senior Discounts,
Call Today Toll-Free1-888-704-3255 www.MySafeStepWalkinTub.com
$750 OFF when you mention this ad for a limited time only
Call Toll-Free 1-888-704-3255
sustain his business. In an age of bigger and bigger farming operations, the Baker’s reduced the amount they farm by 400 acres this year. “Sometimes bigger isn’t always better,” Kris says. “Three thousand acres is a better fit for our operation.” The volatility in the commodity markets also caused the Baker’s to rethink how they market their crops. “We market crops year-round through forward booking,” Kris says. “With this method, you get a good average price.” He sums up the challenges farmers face daily. “Being a farmer is being a problem solver. You wake up to a new problem every day.” Both are active at the county Farm
Arkansas Agriculture RWB_Layout 1 8/30/13 9:30 PM Page 1
MADE IN THE USA
RED, WHITE, BLUE and GREEN too! The REGAL™ Gas Chlorinator is made with pride in the USA and sets the standard for safety, reliability and economy. REGAL also leads the industry in green technology: lowering energy costs and chemical costs by using 100% chlorine which is a natural element.
★ ALL-VACUUM DESIGN ★ EASY TO MAINTAIN & CLEAN ★ ENGINEERED FOR LESS DOWNTIME & CORROSION RESISTANCE ★ FEWEST PARTS ★ FAST DELIVERY
For more info, call Anna at 1-800-327-9761 1044 SE Dixie Cutoff Road, Stuart, FL 34994 USA • Tel: 772-288-4854 Fax: 772-287-3238 • www.regalchlorinators.com • Email: email@example.com
Fertilize for $8 per acre? Really? Yes, with Sea Minerals FA Bureau level and in their community. Kris served as 2013 Jefferson County board vice president while Meredith is active on the Women’s Committee and
I am sending you some pictures of our 3rd cutting alfalfa on a ﬁrst year ﬁeld (see pictures and complete story at www.SeaMineralsFA.com). It is crotch high on my son who is 6 ft. This has been sprayed with Sea Minerals FA 3 times, one time each cutting. We have had little to no natural moisture here since October of 2010. We are very pleased with the results and plan on continuing using it as we are seeing improvement in production with each cutting. July 30, 201 –W Dilts, Belen, NM
was the county board secretary in 2012. ArkAg_2-5x2-125_Ad_Layout 1 9/25/13 9:58 AM Page 3
Every Seed. Every Field. Every Farmer Counts.
• Apply any time during the growing season. • $8 per application ( 3 times per year recommended for $24lacre) • Works as a soil fertility supplement that re-mineralizes the soil • Contains 85 or more minerals and trace minerals in the same proportions that those same minerals occur in the blood of healthy animals. • Applied as a foliar spray on green plants. Dissolves easily. • Can be mixed with other ingredients (weed killers, other fertilizers) • Great free-choice mineral for cattle (average consumption 1# per month)
Check the website www.SeaMineralsFA.com or call 800-967-0452 to request a brochure or find your nearest distributor. https://www.facebook.com/ArmorSeed
Now OMRI Listed for Organic Use Arkansas Agriculture
Sweetheart ranchers Chris and Alechia Meador got started ranching early in high school, each raising beef cattle. He financed the purchase of six pairs of cows. She bought one pair with her savings.
Ranch hands Chris and Alechia on the ranch at Meador Manor with sons Cole, 2, Jace, 4 and Mason, 6. The boys already know what it means to work, and they enjoy helping. There are many chores they help with such as feeding animals and gardening.
Born to be a farmer
The Meadors’ have moved up a bit from
is that if you’re afraid of having problems,
their small high school herd. 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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. Recently, they fenced off access by their cows to the portion of the river that runs through their property and used farm bill Environmental Quality
Your Water Well and Irrigation Specialists P.O. Box 450 700 East Park St. Carlisle, AR 72024 870-552-7010 Fax 870-552-7012
Markets Served: Agricultural • Minicipal • Industrial Products/Services at Competitive Prices New Wells Drilling Pumps Lineshaft Turbine Submersible Vertical Turbine Relift In House Repairs to all Brands Underground Irrigation Pipe Fittings Installation Frank Elder
Clay Elder 501-454-8855
Providing Well and Pump Service for over 30 Years Arkansas Agriculture
Now, weâ€™re just a fingertip away. ArFBâ€™s new mobile app gives you tools to stay informed and make the most of your membership.
z News Weâ€™ve expanded the scope of our online news operation to offer more stories and more immediate reporting. Being an informed Arkansas Farm Bureau member is now easier than ever.
z Member Benefits Handy access to ID numbers and everything else you need to take advantage of our ValuePlus savings.
z Events A compilation of all the most important statewide meetings and events.
z Quotes Commodity futures and cash market prices are updated every 10 minutes. Our unique interface allows you to customize which commodity prices you get. Pick from corn, cotton, rice, grain sorghum, soybeans or wheat ... cattle, Delmarva broilers, eggs, hogs or national turkeys.
Get it on
z Weather Locationspecific weather reporting from Telvent DTN contains all the agrometeorological metrics a farmer could need, plus five-day forecast and radar.
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. Always read and follow label instructions. Bayer, the Bayer Cross, Liberty, LibertyLink, and the LibertyLink logo are registered trademarks of Bayer. Liberty is not registered in all states. For additional product information, call toll-free Arkansas Arkansas Agriculture Agriculture 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937) or visit our website at www.BayerCropScience.us. CR0813MULTI1A643V00R0
Now Is The Time To Buy Your New Arctic Cat ATV Or Utility Vehicle! • 0-Money Down! • 3.9% APR! • Up To $1,200 Rebate Arctic Cats Are AMERICAN Owned & AMERICAN Made! No One Else Can Say That!
We 3)! Deliver!
Arkansas has a new tractor: The new LS Tractor! We may be the new kid in the field, but we have a long history of high quality equipment, assembled in our plant in South Carolina. With over 30 models to choose from, you won’t get “stuck” with us. From 20 hp up to our 93 hp 4 wheel drive, we have a tractor that will work hard for you, but is still easy on your pocketbook. Call us today!
As low as $170/mo!
5 year warranty!
We are credit specialists! Even if you have already been turned down, give us a call. You might be surprised!
906 N. Washington
We Are Credit Experts! Call Us Today! 1-800-201-9630 14
The Division of Agriculture:
Science-Based Results Research
• Evaluating seed potential • Breeding better soybean varieties
• Verifying research in real-world conditions • Keeping producers ahead of pests and disease
• Improving irrigation efficiency • Soil testing for best yields
• Farmer-focused delivery of critical production tactics • Solid partnership with producers, industry
Congratulations to producers who grew a recording-breaking
- plus bushels of soybeans per acre
DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE RESEARCH & EXTENSION University of Arkansas System
Step up to the driver’s suite: Kubota’s new M135GX. Crowned with the largest Kubota cab ever built, and one of the largest available in its class. You’ll enjoy the panoramic view from the ergonomically designed operator’s platform, with more headroom, more legroom — more work-all-day-in-comfort kind of room. So step up, because like every Kubota, the reliable and efﬁcient M135GX works hard today and holds its value tomorrow. Ready to take the next step? See your local Kubota dealership to learn more.
Springdale Tractor Co. 6160 W. Sunset Ave. Springdale, AR 72762 (479) 361-2513
Northwest Farm & Lawn 500 Highway 62-65 S. Bypass Harrison, AR 72601 (870) 743-8030
Berryville Equipment Sales 1326 W. Trimble Ave. Berryville, AR 72716 (870) 423-5909
www.kubota.com Optional equipment may be shown. © Kubota Tractor Corporation 2012
Members Save up to…
on the purchase or lease of most new GM vehicles. Certain restrictions apply. Visit www.fbverify.com/gm.
Save up to 20% off at Participating Choice Hotels
Members Save up to… Off Select Tractors & Equipment See Complete details at www.arfb.com
10% Account Number 805-059-599
We make it ~ easy ~ to purchase the latest appliances for your home, particularly if you are remodeling or relocating.
This unique program from Sears Commercial features —
discount on Grainger Products
In addition, you can select and purchase these additional great products for your home: ®
A private selection consultation, with a professionally trained specialist
• Preferred Affiliate Program Pricing, backed by our Price Matching Plus policy • Program and pricing is only available through Sears Commercial Sales
Free Shipping for Online Orders 1-877-202-2594 • www.grainger.com
• This offer is not available through Sears retail or dealer stores
• NordicTrack® Exercise Equipment • Craftsman® Lawn Tractors
• Kenmore® Outdoor Grills, Televisions and more!
DEPOSIT ACCOUNTS; CREDIT CARDS; AUTO AND EQUIPMENT LOANS
Call 800-258-2847 Mention your State ID# 00223030 Online Booking – www.choicehotels.com enter your ID#
DISCOUNT PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM
call 1-866-292-7822 Hearing Healthcare Benefits Plan
Statewide network of Professional
s are guaranteed Free automatic approval Audiologists and Specialists Professional Audiologists & Specialists -FREE Hearing tests and discounted iscounts on Hearing Instruments hearing instruments for members stom Fit / 60 Day Trial f Batteries (1 case per instrument)
Contact Your Local Farm Bureau Agent! 1-800-492-3276 www.farmbureaubank.com
Screen for Stroke, Aneurysm and Heart Disease.
1-888-497-7447 www.clearvaluehearing.com 97-7447 toll free
Save time & money on your next new or used car or truck purchase. Program users have seen an average MSRP. savings of
Visit FBVerify.com/Drive to get started
Upfront after $99 instant savings
Have your Farm Bureau membership number ready and call 1-877-579-4555.
Arkansas Farm Bureau Purchase Program 3 Easy Steps for Farm Bureau Members
Discounted Pricing not available in retail or dealer Sears stores. Complete details from ron.rowe@searshc. com or Ph. 931-553-2173.
Step 1: Members simply go to sears.com and find the product(s) they are interested in and write down the product/model number(s).
Step 2: Members email the product number(s) to Farm Bureau’s designated contact at Sears Appliance Select : firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote. To receive this pricing a member must include their Farm Bureau membership number and Farm Bureau discount code CU098430 in the email. Step 3: Members can then use a credit card to purchase the discounted item and it will be delivered via a custom freight company.
Have your Farm Bureau membership number and discount code CUO88430 in your email, or ready if calling. All manufacturer warranties apply with the option to purchase extended Sears Protection Agreements. Installation is not included with delivery.
FARM BUREAU APPAREL Official Arkansas Farm Bureauidentified apparel and more now available.
for special requests and details contact John Speck 847-622-4892 email@example.com
CHILD SAFETY SEATS
$25each CHILD BOOSTER SEATS $15each
Contact Your County Farm Bureau
SAVE UP TO
Auto Buying Program
Osteoporosis screening &
4 Ultrasound screenings only $135 for Members
EE membership TODAY!
Arkansas Farm Bureau Purchase Program
• Craftsman® Garage Storage
For information on program availability
America’s #1 Choice for Satellite Internet
Off Hard Surfaces
866-758-0801 Ext. 203 North Little Rock, AR 72113 Contact: Bill Ross
To Learn More About These 16 Valuable Arkansas Agriculture Member Offers Visit…
Moving Forward - Growing Stronger “Agriculture has been a vibrant part of Arkansas State University’s tradition since its inception in 1909. With more than 100 years of agricultural heritage, the College of Agriculture and Technology is dedicated to educating, enhancing and enriching the lives of our graduates, to make a positive difference in a growing world.” -Dr. Timothy Burcham, College of Agriculture and Technology Dean (870) 972-2085
Agriculture & Technology
PROPERTY LOCATION: From Wheatley: take exit 221 off Interstate 40 and go south on Hwy 78, through one stop sign, for approx. 4.2 miles. Turn right on County Rd 926 then take an immediate left onto County Rd 925, follow south for 1.0 mile and turn right on County Rd 922. Follow 922 for 1.0 mile and turn left on County Rd 947 follow for approx. 1.2 miles and you will enter property straight ahead with grain bins located on your left.
• Large Contiguous Farm • 1,530 Farmland Acres • 1,491 Irrigated Acres • 60k Bushel Grain Storage • (1) 9-Tower Valley Center Pivot • 15 Wells • 2 Relifts
Call for Brochure or Visit our Website for Details
Crops Grown Include: Rice, Soybeans, Milo, Corn & Wheat Rex D. Schrader, Principal Broker (#PB00074747) and Auctioneer (#2458)
Faces of Agriculture compiled by Tara Johnson
Susan Anglin and her family run a
dairy farm in northwest Arkansas. In addition to various activities with Arkansas Farm Bureau, Susan writes a blog called the Spotted Cow Review (www.anglindairy.
net), where she regularly posts about her experiences on the farm. She took time to answer a few questions and share her Gregg Patterson
refreshing take on agriculture. 1. 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
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?
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. It’s proven to be interesting
“Regardless of the size of the farm
from the start. My everyday role on the
farming challenge to be flexible in daily management and decision making.”
www.sbimetalbuildings.com Hot Springs, Arkansas
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. Arkansas Agriculture
Rural Reflections Photo Contest 2013
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
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.
Policy Update Ag tax cuts provide big savings Proper certification is the first step by Michelle Kitchens
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
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
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. We encourage
contact Farm Bureau at 501-228-1229
know that the legislation was important
you to ask them about the seminar.
or visit your local county Farm Bureau
and great legislators who listened and
We are confident they will tell you it is
office. Farmers will need their meter
kept the pressure up at the Capitol. There
worthwhile. More information is available
and tank numbers, the physical location
is always room for more agriculture-
on our website at www.arfb.com or call 501-
of the farm where the utilities are
friendly legislators at the Capitol. If you
228-1229 for a brochure.
Every Seed. Every Field. Every Farmer Counts.
For Advertising Information
Call or e-mail Tom Kennedy 1.800.561.4686 https://twitter.com/ArmorSeed
More Bang for Your Bucks RTV1100, RTV1140, RTV900, RTV500 Utility Vehicles
TASTE ArkAnsAs.com from farm to table
Food, like nothing else, brings us together. After all, everyone eats. On Taste Arkansas, a food blog by Arkansas Farm Bureau, this simple truth is connecting those interested in food production with the farmers and ranchers who provide us with an abundance of Arkansas agricultural products.
Pick your options: Diesel or gas, two seats or four. Open air or factory-installed cab. Whichever RTV you choose, youâ€™ll get more bang for your buckâ€Ś with a utility vehicle that works hard today and holds its value tomorrow.
Since 1976 Arkansas Agriculture
Arkansas Farm and Ranch Families Provideâ€Ś Safe, affordable food
24% of Arkansas Jobs
75% of Wildlife Habitat
Former Miss Arkansas and Spokesperson for the Arkansas Foundation for Agriculture
While Protecting the Environment
Foundation for Agriculture
Enter ArFB’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet Contest, and you could end up behind the wheel of a
About the contest: Arkansas Farm Bureau’s YF&R Discussion Meet is a discussion contest related to issues that affect U.S. agriculture. The contest will be Dec. 4 in Little Rock. Deadline for entry is Nov. 20. The winner will win the use of any Kubota tractor for one year and their choice of a Kawasaki Mule or a Honda 4x4 ATV (ATV sponsored by Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company). Contact your county Farm Bureau office or visit www.arfb.com/get-involved/young_fr/discussion for more info.
About the tractor: Kubota continues to introduce new models of rugged, dependable, user-friendly tractors in their 43–118 pto horse power M series tractors. The new Grand X Cab boasts one of the largest cabs in its class. Kubota has increased both interior height and width to provide a more spacious feel. Wide opening doors provide easier access while the unobstructed ceiling and fully flat floor guarantee more head and legroom for a higher level of comfort even during long hours behind the wheel. Go to www.kubota.com to learn more. SponSored by Kubota.
One thing will always be true about farming:
Conditions change. From weather, to soil, to technology, you have a lot to keep up with. Thankfully, you’ve got real insurance that keeps up with you. If there’s anything you need to know, just call us. You’ll always have questions. Your Farm Bureau agent always has answers.
Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Arkansas, Inc. Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, Jackson MS
ArkAnsAs-grown insurAnce for ArkAnsAs growers
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,
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
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.”
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
Loe and her husband Andrew aren’t involved in on-the-ground farming or
Breaking new ground in research, teaching and service! For more information (870) 972-2085
Agriculture & Technology
Made in America
Ideal for Storage of: Equipment/ Livestock/Bulk Grain Storage/ Hay/Fertilizer
30 YEAR WARRANTY
No Posts! 100% Usable Space! Nowhere for birds to roost! Complete Foundation Plans Included! Easily Expandable! Easy to Erect! THIS IS THE FINAL YEAR THE IRS WILL ALLOW AN IMMEDIATE 50% DEDUCTION FOR BUILDINGS
Go to our Website and Click the “Hay Video” to see what customers have to say about our hay barns! www.badweatherbuildings.com
Corn Bulk Grain
Word from the heavens â€œThe hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.â€? 2 Timothy 2:6 Photo by Keith Sutton.
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?
Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Little Rock, AR Permit No. 1884
GROW YOUR AGRICULTURE 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 7 full years. We make financing easy!
This special rate is for Arkansas Farm Bureau Members through 2013
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL FARM BUREAU AGENT
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. Farm Bureau, FB, and the FB National Logo are registered service marks owned by, and used by Farm Bureau Bank FSB under license from, the American Farm Bureau Federation. LENDER EQUAL HOUSING
Published on Oct 9, 2013
Published on Oct 9, 2013
Farm Bureau Perspective by Brian Walker ARFB YF&R Chair; YF&R Strong - We salute our top Young Farmers & Ranchers; Faces of Agriculture - S...