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Keith Sutton

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Tara Johnson

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Arkansas Farm Bureau is committed

America today than health care. The broad

to an active role in our state’s health care

term includes the treatment, prevention and

future. Richard Armstrong of Ozark leads

delivery of services by trained and licensed

a team of dedicated volunteers who make

professionals designed to ensure individual

up our Rural Health and Safety Committee,

health. Especially today, any discussion

which is charged with finding affordable and

of health care also encompasses the costs

equitable solutions to health care challenges.

associated with those services.

We have a staff member, Jennifer Victory,

While some argue loudly about the

dedicated to working on rural health issues.

complexities and uncertainties of health

And, with our county Farm Bureaus, we

care, let’s not lose sight of the fact that our

provide recruiting and financial support

country’s health care system is one of the

for the 30 different M*A*S*H camps held

best in the world. That is unless you happen

throughout the state. The M*A*S*H program

to live in rural America, and, specifically,

is a two-week, hands-on program designed

rural Arkansas. Arkansas ranks second in the

to introduce health care careers to rising

nation in doctor shortages. Rural Arkansas

high school juniors and seniors. The hope

averages only 82 primary care physicians

is to encourage students from rural areas to

per 100,000 people, compared to 130 per

return home as a physician, nurse, dentist,

100,000 in urban areas.

pharmacist, etc.

Presently, 61 of our state’s 75 counties

ACHI recently released a detailed report,

suffer a shortage of health care professionals

A Guide for Policy Action, which included

according to the Arkansas Center for Health

solutions for improving our rural health care

Improvement (ACHI). More than half of our

system. Among these are:

rural residents must drive 20 to 90 minutes

• Expanding health care access to more

to see a primary care provider. When people don’t have access to primary care, they often end up going to emergency rooms at

information technology, particularly

hospitals. This is the highest cost care they

for telemedicine; • Designing a transportation network

can receive.

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Arkansans; • Continuing to improve health

We’re suffering from a health care crisis

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that either brings primary care teams

in rural Arkansas. That crisis has far more

from urban to rural locations or

to do with our citizen’s inability to access

transporting patients to urban areas.

quality care than whether someone is

The challenges of funding a quality

covered by private or public insurance.

hospital are daunting, especially with the

For those of us who chose to live in rural

Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates

Arkansas, that decision shouldn’t be a death

paid to hospitals in our state being among

sentence. For example, stroke victims have

the lowest in the country. As a state, we

the potential to recover with little or no side

must do everything possible to keep the

effects if they receive appropriate treatment

doors of our rural hospitals and doctors’

within a limited time window. Because of

offices open. Our health and future depends

the distance they must travel to receive

on it.

treatment, rural residents may suffer greater side effects from a stroke. Front Porch

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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 Johnny Loftin, El Dorado Gene Pharr, Lincoln Rusty Smith, Des Arc Allen Stewart, Mena Mike Sullivan, Burdette Leo Sutterfield, Mountain View


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Food for Thought by Ewell Welch

Executive Vice President, Arkansas Farm Bureau

My spirit always gets a shot of

encouragement when I’m around students actively engaged in education, community

a career in the medical field a hands-on view of the many jobs in the medical profession. High school students sponsored by

service, leadership development and

county Farm Bureaus will also be attending

character development. We greatly value

the 57th Annual Harding University National

the youth of our state here at Arkansas Farm

Leadership Forum the first week of June.

Bureau and their pursuit of excellence. That’s

They’ll hone leadership development

why we believe it’s so important to invest

skills they can take back and use in their

in our students from the first day they enter

communities, schools, churches and homes.

school through graduation.

And they’ll learn about the free enterprise

In April, I enjoyed attending the 2013

system, foreign policy, the environment,

Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup. The

building family values, team building and

13-year-old event is a statewide business plan

other leadership issues. Go to www.harding.

competition for college students in Arkansas.

edu/nlforum for more information. The

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a major sponsor of

registration deadline is May 24.

the event. Four of the 15 undergraduate semi-

Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 40th Annual Teen

finalists presented business plans for ideas

Challenge is another county Farm Bureau

that would directly benefit agriculture. Often,

sponsored opportunity for high school

that percentage is higher.

students held June 17-20 at the Arkansas 4-H

We invest heavily in helping ensure

Center in Ferndale just outside Little Rock.

that students wanting to go to college and

Our Safety Department focuses on leadership

pursue an agriculture-related degree have that

and team-building skills (along with plenty

opportunity. Arkansas Farm Bureau, along

of fun) for the students who attend. Contact

with our county Farm Bureaus, annually

your county Farm Bureau office if you want

awards an estimated $170,000 in college

your high school student to attend. The

scholarships – no small level of support.

registration deadline is May 31.

Year-round our member volunteers and

Throughout the school year, we’re

county Farm Bureaus help support local FFA

involved continually with a variety of

and 4-H clubs and the events these clubs

programs for all students. Our Ag in the

participate in. This is in addition to the very

Classroom program distributed more than

substantial contributions we make to these

53,000 pieces of educational material along


with donating 2,200 books as part of our Ag

High schools may take a break for the

Literacy Program. We also reached more than

summer, but our support of high school

33,000 people with 550 programs covering

students never takes a break. More than 400

safety and other important topics. And our ag

Arkansas high school juniors and seniors are

educational outreach efforts reached almost

getting ready to attend two-week M*A*S*H

200,000 people about farming and ranching.

camps at 30 locations throughout the state.

Arkansas Farm Bureau is dedicated to

M*A*S*H stands for Medical Applications of

the success of the students in this state.

Science for Health. County Farm Bureaus in

We believe it’s an investment that pays

partnership with health care providers and

back far more than can ever be calculated.

community businesses and organizations

I know it’s worth it every time I’m around

fund this effort, giving students interested in

our students.

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“Two for a nickel, four for a dime

your tamales special?”

Thirty cents a dozen, and you’ll sure eat fine

“It’s no secret, darlin’,” she said, smiling. “We make our tamales with love. That’s why

I can judge by the way you walk

they’re the best.”

You gonna carry half a dozen off”

Visiting with Mrs. Rhoda in her establishment on St. Mary’s Street is the

from “Molly Man,” by Red Hot Ole Mose,



the best tamales made in Arkansas. When I leave, two dozen of her corn-shuck-wrapped,

Sitting with Rhoda Adams in her Lake

beef-and-chicken tamales swim in sauce in a

Village restaurant, stuffing my sauce-covered

newspaper-wrapped food can in my truck’s

face with the best tamales I’ve ever eaten, I

floorboard. They’re too good not to share back

listen intently as this endearing lady, a celebrity


in these parts, reflects on 39 years making what

Driving back to Little Rock, I pass through

some believe to be the Delta’s best example of

miles of cotton fields and am reminded of

these culinary treats.

people’s fascination with the history of the

“My husband’s aunt got me started,” she

tamale in this region. Many speculate these

said. “I didn’t really want to do it. Making

portable bundles of meat and cornmeal, usually

tamales is lots of work. But she said it would be

associated with Mexican cuisine, made their

a good way to earn some money, so I gave it a

way to the Arkansas Delta in the 1920s and

try. We started out making a few dozen a day,

1930s when migrant laborers were brought in

and soon it seemed everyone wanted some.”

from Mexico to pick cotton and shared their

“How many do you make now?”

tamale-making secrets with share-cropping

“Oh, Lordy, I wouldn’t have no idea,

African Americans. Familiar ingredients made

honey,” she replied, patting me on the

tamales popular, as did the practicality of taking

shoulder. “It’s so many I wouldn’t want to

a warm, filling lunch into a cotton field.

count them, I’ll tell you that.”

It’s not hard to imagine two female farm

Mrs. Rhoda, now in her 70s, tells me she

laborers (it was, after all, the women who

is the mother of 15 children, 11 of whom

usually did the cooking and cotton picking)

survived to adulthood, including a daughter

having lunch together on a cool day during

who helps her and husband James run

harvest. One, of Hispanic descent, removes

the restaurant. Mrs. Rhoda has almost 60

from her lard-bucket lunch pail a bundle

grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

of folded newspaper. Inside, a half dozen

“That’s my real family,” she said. “My

tamales wrapped tightly in corn shucks are still

tamale family … well, that one numbers in

steaming hot. The cornmeal surrounding the

the thousands. Folks come from all over the

pork filling has helped them retain their heat

country to eat here, because they’ve heard how

since they were warmed up that morning.

good our tamales are. Then they come back

Carry out The tamale has always been a portable food easily carried over long distances whether to sharecropper field or a modern-day home.

highlight of an on-going quest to sample

The Hispanic lady’s friend, a woman of

to eat again, because they like them so much.

African American ancestry, also has a lunch

Every day, folks from Little Rock drop in here.

pail, but the food inside it — a slice of smoked

After they get full on tamales eaten in the

ham, half a baked potato and a leftover biscuit

restaurant, they buy a dozen or three dozen or

— has grown cold. Her Mexican amigo shares a

five dozen more to take home. Some people

taste of her hot lunch, then invites the woman

even fly in to the local airport just so they can

to her home to learn how tamales are prepared.

come get some of our tamales. They like them

In the future, both women and their families

that much.”

will eat hot tamales for lunch in the fields. And

I like them, too … love them. As I’m eating

when the cotton harvest ends, and the Hispanic

the last bite from an order of a dozen, I’m

field hands return home to Texas or Mexico,

thinking I could probably eat a dozen more.

the African American continues making tamales

“Is there some secret ingredient that makes

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and selling them between harvests.


Other stories about the origin of Delta

befriended some Mexican farm laborers and

known, was successful,

tamales persist, too. Some folks maintain U.S.

learned from them about tamales. He liked

making money for both

soldiers traveling south of the border during

the taste of tamales, and the Mexicans taught

families through the

the Mexican-American War in the 1840s

him how to make the hearty, delicious food

1950s. By the 1960s,

brought tamale recipes home. Others believe

they ate in the fields. Afterward, Peter, Maria

however, after Peter St.

Arkansas tamales may have a history going

and Pasquale started making tamales at their

Columbia and the Browns

back to indigenous peoples who had maize-

store and selling them daily at area farms

died, commercial tamale

based agriculture. We know Mesoamerican

and sawmills. Their delicious tamales were

making in Helena took a

cultures were making tamales similar to

popular, and they built a pushcart from

hiatus until 1987. That’s

those we eat today as early as 8000 BC.

which they hawked the treats on weekends.

when Joe and Joyce St.

Mayans, Aztecs and Incas boiled or steamed

As they pushed the cart down Helena’s

Columbia, Pasquale’s

leaf-wrapped tamales made with a variety of

streets, they sang, “Two for a nickel, three for

son and daughter-in-law,

ingredients, including masa, chilies, turkeys,

a dime, would give you more, but they just ain’t

decided to resurrect the

eggs, fish, frogs, rabbits, fruits, squash and


old Elm Street tamale

Just before the Depression, Pasquale

recipe. They named the

also provided food for Arkansas Indians long

formed a business arrangement with

new business Pasquale’s

before the Spanish visited the New World.

a young couple, Maggie and Eugene

Tamales, after Joe’s dad,

Brown, who had no money but wanted

and it’s been doing well

can definitively trace the history of Arkansas

to rent a building from him for a

ever since. Made with

tamales at least as far back as 1897, the year

restaurant. He told them he would

fresh ingredients, their

Peter St. Columbia, a Sicilian immigrant,

give them his tamale recipe, buy the

beef tamales are hand-

brought his wife Maria and son Pasquale to

equipment and provide the building if

rolled in corn shucks,

live with him in Helena. Peter had settled

they would sell his tamales and split

tied with corn-shuck

there five years earlier and started a store.

the profits with him. The Elm Street

ribbons in bundles

Tamale Shop, as the business was

of three, slow simmered

These are but hypotheses; however we

Keith Sutton

Ken Moore photos

When Pasquale was a teenager, he


beans. It’s not a stretch to imagine tamales

Made with love Customers come from far and wide to enjoy Mrs. Rhoda’s tamale temptations at her Lake Village restaurant. She says her secret ingredient is her tamales are made with “love.” 8

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and then flash frozen for shipping to customers nationwide. But on Fridays and Saturdays, Joyce St.Columbia sells fresh tamales from the Pasquale’s concession trailer on Highway 49 in West Helena. A visit with this friendly lady was the second stop on my tamale quest. Joyce shied away from my camera, but served my wife and me a dozen scrumptious, juicy tamales that have made the stand one of our regular stops on frequent jaunts to nearby Tunica. McClard’s Restaurant in Hot Springs is best known for its delicious barbecue, but since the day Alex and Gladys McClard opened the restaurant in 1928, hand-rolled tamales made from a special family recipe have been on the menu. Today, the fourth-generation owners serve 3,000 of their beef-andpork tamales weekly, including a feast

Old world recipe Pasquale’s might be selling tamales made from the oldest tamale recipe in Arkansas, dating back from the late 1890s or early 1900s.

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sauce-soaked beef barbecue, beans, Fritos, onions, special seasonings and shredded cheese. Despite having a reputation for always cleaning my plate, I couldn’t finish half of it on a recent visit, even though it was among the most tasty, most original tamale dishes I’ve ever put a fork to. In Little Rock, Bob Isbell capitalized on Arkansans’ innate fondness for good tamales when, in 1985, he opened a little restaurant called Izzy’s on the west end of town. His Delta-style tamales, made fresh daily using his own recipe, became central Arkansas favorites and remain so today in a bigger, Robert. On a March visit, I sampled


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The Spread You’d better be real usually prefer my tamales unadorned hungry if you order McClard’s “Full Spread,” a flavor bursting with extras (McClard’s Spread is an combination of tamales, barbequed exception), but the fresh chili, corn beef, sauce, Fritos, onions and chips and cheese dip smothering cheese. their shredded roast beef tamales. I


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Tamales made using Pasquale’s recipe

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tried them yet, but Izzy’s also offers

for that. Slow simmered in spicy cooking

vegetarian tamales made with a black

liquid, these bundles of cornmeal, top-quality

bean/vegetable filling. Friends say

beef and special seasonings are flat-out

sauce made McClard’s famous, but their

they’re fabulous.

wonderful. After watching their customers

tamales are customer favorites, too. If you

slurp up the cooking liquid and chew on the

decide to tackle “The Whole Spread” —

and Izzy’s tamales have thrived as

wrappers, the owners penned their slogan:

tamales smothered in barbecue, beans, Fritos,

Arkansas favorites for generations,

“Tastes so good you’ll suck the shuck.”

onions and cheese — you better darn sure be

While Rhoda’s, Pasquale’s, McClard’s

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hungry. It’s enough to feed a small army.

sadly, many well-known tamale eateries — Margie’s Tamales and Allen’s Hot Tamales in Dumas, Lackey’s Cajun Tamales in Newport and Doe’s Eat Place in Hot Springs among them — have gone out of business in recent years. Fortunately for tamale lovers like me, there are so many restaurants, roadside stands and kitchens serving lipsmacking-good tamales in Arkansas, it would take months to sample them all. And so my quest continues.



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eateries serve some of the best.

Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales 714 Saint Mary St., Lake Village 870-265-3108 The name of Rhoda Adams’ café is no lie. The tamales are delicious, and well deserving of the fame they’ve earned throughout the Mississippi Delta. She makes them with a combination of beef and chicken. The

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Izzy’s 5601 Ranch Dr., Little Rock 501-868-4311 This west Little Rock favorite offers two types of special-recipe tamales: beef and veggie. You can’t go wrong both blue-ribbon creations that will fill you up and keep you coming back for more.


regardless of which you choose. They’re

Road food There are numerous tamale stands throughout Arkansas like this one in Hot Springs. Your best bet is to stop and sample the goods.

Tamale Factory 19751 Highway 33 South, Gregory 870-347-1350 The meaty, belly-filling tamales are a big seller in this barn-turned-restaurant near Augusta. It’s usually crowded, so if you’re planning to make a road trip, you might want to call ahead.

Doe’s Eat Place The original Doe’s in Greenville, Miss. is one of the Delta’s cultural and culinary icons. Top-shelf homemade tamales have been on the menu since the 1940s, and the tradition carries on at Doe’s in Little Rock, Fayetteville, Bentonville and Fort Smith. The extremely flavorful, spicy, parchment-wrapped tamales cooked in

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Taste Arkansas From farm to table

D compiled by Tara Johnson

How to dry cornhusks for tamales

gets direct sunlight. Turn the husks regularly, so both sides are exposed to the sun.

Did you know tamales date back to the

Bring the box of cornhusks inside at

I used to marinate steaks overnight in some secret sauce, but now this is the only way I prepare a steak for cooking. The meat

ancient Maya people? They are a portable

night to prevent mold from dew or rain.

draws in some of the salt, breaking down

food, wrapped in either a cornhusk or other

Repeat this process for several days or until

its proteins. The resulting steak is unusually

leaf then steamed. If making your own

the cornhusks turn pale and brittle. Place in

tender and delicious.

tamales, dried cornhusks are available in

plastic bags and store for up to one year in

most grocery stores with a Hispanic foods

the freezer.

section. However, making your own dried

Tara Johnson is a contributor to Arkansas

If you’re looking for a delicious tamale

cornhusks is fairly simple.

To begin, remove each cornhusk from its

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ear of corn. Pull back gently on the cornhusk to prevent it from tearing. Then, gently wash each cornhusk in warm water making sure to scrub off any dirt. Shake off any remaining

Where’s the beef? May is National Beef Month. Did you know there are 29 cuts of beef that meet the

water from the cornhusks.

governmental guidelines for being considered

Place several cornhusks in an open cardboard box, spreading them in single

lean? Each cut has less than 10 grams of

layers and put the box outside in an area that

total fat in one 3.5-ounce serving. In fact, four of my favorite steak cuts are considered lean: T-bone steak, flank steak, top sirloin steak and strip steak. I almost always use one of those four cuts when cooking a steak. Try making a steak using this marinating technique. 1. Sprinkle 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of kosher salt or sea salt on each side of the steak. Let it sit at room temperature for about an hour. 2. If the steak is less than 1 inch, let it sit for 30-45 minutes. If your steak is 1 inch thick, let it sit for one hour. If your steak is greater than 1 inch, increase your time accordingly. To speed up the process, add more salt and let it sit for less time. It’s all relative. 3. After your salted steak has “rested,”

Aw … shucks Corn shucks are the traditional binder that holds all the goodness of a tamale.


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water accumulates on the surface. When the resting time is complete, rinse the meat with cool water. Pat both sides dry with paper towels. You can add black pepper at this point, but don’t add any more salt. 4. Grill to your preferred doneness.

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1. Keep a separate cutting board for things you don’t want flavored with garlic and onion. 2. Before you chop chili peppers, rub a little vegetable oil into your hands and your skin won’t absorb the spicy chili oil. 3. To keep potatoes from budding in the bag, put an apple in with them. 4. Keep scrambled eggs warm for a couple hours by putting them in a slow cooker on low.

TASTE 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.

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arm Bureau members have the opportunity to spotlight their creativity, their perception and their flair for the dramatic — or the comical or even the tragic — in our fifth Rural Reflections Photo Contest. This competition 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,, and in other publications.

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Garden Home Design The versatile soybean This Arkansas crop has many uses


by P. Allen Smith I’m proud to be part of this country’s

butter cookie, these are

agricultural heritage. My family has been

packed with soy power –

farming in America since the 1690s, and

soy nut butter, soy milk,

my childhood memories of farm life are

soy flour and roasted soy

reflected in what I’ve created at the Moss

nuts. You’ll love them!

culture taught me about the importance

For more of Allen’s

of family and community ties and land

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Arkansas and 13.8 million acres of

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Board. It features breakfast

here. Our three “king crops” are rice,

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cotton and soybeans. While rice is still our

for dressing up the table

number-one producer, soybeans hold their

with soy-based products.

own. Almost 50 percent of our cropland is

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planted with soybeans, which contributes a

Smart cookie The soy nut cookie provides a tasty and healthy alternative dessert or snack packed with all the nutritional benefits of soybeans.

1. Combine first five ingredients in a

billion dollars to our economy annually. Soybeans are a relatively new crop for Arkansas. Early in the 20th century they

Super Soy Nut Cookies

soybean protein and soybean oil, making soybean planting more popular on U.S. farms. However, it wasn’t until after World War II when Arkansas farmers got serious about soybeans. The attraction? Soybeans are a useful rotation crop that add nitrogen

large bowl and stir until blended. 2. Add one large egg and beat until incorporated.

were planted as a forage crop. George Washington Carver discovered the value of



3. In separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.

1 ¼ cups firmly packed light brown

4. Slowly add dry ingredients to the

¾ cup soy nut butter

5. Drop tablespoon-sized dollops of


½ cup vegetable shortening

(hydrogenated soybean oil)

sugar/egg mixture and beat. cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

back into the soil and cost less to grow than

3 tablespoons soy milk

rice or cotton.

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

dough. These add a great crunch

1 large egg

and amp up the soy levels.

Supporting Arkansas soybean farmers is as simple as choosing soy-based products like lip balm and sunscreen. Most vegetable oil is made from soybeans. I also like to put my money where my mouth is literally by cooking with soy. These soy nut cookies

6. Press roasted soy nuts into the

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

7. Place cookies into a preheated 375

¾ teaspoon baking soda

8. Remove when golden brown and

¼ cup soy flour

¾ teaspoon salt

place on a wire rack to cool. Makes

1 cup roasted soy nuts

about two dozen cookies.

are a tasty example. Similar to a peanut


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Land&People Seeing the forest because of the trees Giving back and doing more with less by Gregg Patterson


It’s Les Reid’s job as a registered

forester to make sure he sees the whole forest, because he’s taken the time to pay attention to the individual trees. That level of individual detail allows him to assess the condition of Keith Sutton

the present forest and prescribe the necessary actions it will take to have a more vibrant forest in the future. Recognizing and seeing the details

of what exists now and their potential results in the development of a

Tree man Forester Les Reid believes “doing more with fewer resources” is a must for agriculture in a world growing in population.

forest management plan — thinning, fertilizing, harvest and replanting

“My father is a great leader, because

President’s Leadership Council to gain

— to ensure as best as possible,

he has those qualities, and he raised

knowledge of Arkansas Farm Bureau,

healthy individual trees that, taken in

a great family,” Reid said. The acorn

meet new people who desire leadership

combination, create a productive forest.

hasn’t fallen far from the tree when

and to work together “to improve on

Arkansas Farm Bureau’s President’s

it comes to the qualities that make

the resources provided to us.”

Leadership Council is similar in its

the younger Reid a potential leader

approach. The organization identified

for his generation. He was inspired to

resources” is the future for agriculture

and assessed individual members who

seek training and take on leadership

in a world increasing in population and

possess the qualities that, combined

responsibilities as his family grew.

demanding greater access to food and

with a leadership training plan,

“The birth of my children caused me

He says “doing more with fewer

shelter. Reid knows he’ll be involved

can ensure a vibrant, healthy and

to understand the importance of the

in resource development, management,

productive future for the organization

need for good leadership, so they will

doing more with less and giving back to

and agriculture in the Natural State.

have a fulfilling life, even after I am no

those who come after him.

When Les Reid defines what a

longer around to provide leadership for

“Future generations deserve the

leader is, he says it’s “a person with

them,” Reid said. He and his wife, Tia,

opportunity to manage the resources

character, having strong faith, who

have three children: Landon, 4, Luke,

we have. It’s important that they have

is knowledgeable and communicates

3, and Lane, 1. The family lives in the

the knowledge acquired by previous


Monticello area, and Reid manages 180

generations,” he said. “We must

acres of personal timberland, as well as

communicate well from generation

forestland for his clients.

to generation by giving back and

The 30-year-old Reid didn’t have to look far in finding a role model who fits his definition of leadership.


Reid wanted to become part of the

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DoItYourself Build a boot and gear rack Easy rack helps eliminate messy floor by Monte Burch


Combining boot holders

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The boot holders are cut

from plywood using a saber or jig saw, while the remaining parts of the rack are made from standard 1 x 12” soft pine which is readily available as shelving material at home building suppliers. This plan was designed originally for waterfowling gear so hip and chest waders could drain and dry and be stored without folding, which causes cracking. The same boot and gear rack also works well for fishing boots and gear,

Rack ‘em up Mud room, utility room or garage storage rack holds boots up off the floor and open to air dry with space for hanging coats and a shelf for other gear.

gardening boots, riding boots, or farm and ranch storage. If not used for waterfowling gear, you may wish to lower the height when wall mounting the finished rack from that needed for hanging chest waders. For a schematic of the building details of the boot and gear rack, go to

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• Boot shelves, ¾” plywood, 6 x 12”,

• Top shelf, ¾ x 11½ x 72”, one

three required • Boot shelf supports, ¾ x 4½ x 4½”, three required • Boot shelf horizontal support, ¾ x 4 x 70½”, one required

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InTheKitchen Grandma Stroh’s tamales


Courtesy of Stroh family

by Keith Sutton

The tradition of making homemade

tamales runs deep in many Arkansas Delta families, including the Stroh family of Arkansas County. Wanda Bellville Stroh, was raised at Ulm. Her

Learn by doing Mrs. Wanda Bellville Stroh finally reluctantly wrote down her tamale recipe, but always admonished that it was better to “watch and learn” how to make the beloved family treat.

grandson, Steven Stroh, lives near the family farm between Stuttgart and

those who try using the recipe will find

those who want to give it a try, here’s my

DeWitt. Steven fondly recalls annual

it difficult to follow because, like I said,

grandmother’s recipe just as she wrote

family get-togethers to make tamales

you have to watch and learn. But for


using a generations-old process Mrs. Wanda knew by heart.

“Each New Year’s Day, our extended

family would get together at my

Hot tamales by guess and by gosh!

a family tradition many years, one that

meal. Add salt and chili powder. Using hot broth, mix to a soft spreading mush. Trim corn shucks to about 4- or 5-inch

grandparents’ home to make tamales and watch ball games,” Steven said. “It was

approximately one quart or more corn


length. Rinse in cold water, then blanch in boiling water. I put these in a container of

probably started to keep my dad and his

1 hen (large) (or more)

water and bring to boil. Keep corn shucks

two brothers from staying out too late on

3 sections garlic

in cold water. They spread better if wet.

New Year’s Eve. Tamale making is a time-


consuming process, so we were expected


shuck. Thru center of mush on shuck,

to arrive early in the morning to get

cayenne pepper

place meat in about ¾ inch roll.

started. The tamale recipe wasn’t written

corn meal

down. You had to watch and learn.”

corn shucks

meat. The mush on that side is supposed

Gebhardt chili powder (2-3 oz.)

to stick to roll of meat. Release that side


of shuck and roll in lower shuck through

For many years, Mrs. Wanda thwarted the family’s requests for her to transcribe

Spread about 1/8 inch mush evenly on

Roll upper side of shuck toward roll of

upper side of shuck.

the recipe for her delicious Delta-style tamales. But eventually she succumbed and wrote the recipe on family stationery. One of her granddaughter’s


Use heavy cooking pot with tight cover. Place something in bottom of vessel,

Boil hen until very tender in ample

like a colander, to prevent sticking. Use

had copies of it framed for family

broth with salt and onion. Separate

remaining broth or water. Keep 2-3 inch


chicken from bone and grind the chicken.

water. They boil dry too fast. Arrange

Add 1-½ oz. (approximate) chili powder,

tamales, crosshatch style (###). Steam 3

at home,” Steven said, “a reminder of all

and enough broth to make meat moist.


those fun times our family spent together

Add cayenne pepper. Chip the garlic. Mix

preparing and cooking the most delicious


“That framed recipe hangs on my wall

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shuck down so they won’t unroll. Should

In a large mixing bowl, use

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Step 1: Members simply go to 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 : 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.

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Let us help you enjoy your summer vacation by financing or refinancing your new or used vehicle with Farm Bureau Bank. Members receive special rates, vehicle protection plans*, and dedicated Farm Bureau member services. We make financing easy. Apply today and save! Existing Farm Bureau Bank vehicle loans are excluded from this offer. *Rate disclosed as Annual Percentage Rate (APR) and are based on automated payments (ACH) and acquiring one of the following collateral protec-tion products: Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) or Major Mechanical Protection (MMP). Additional discounts do apply for purchasing more than one collateral protection product. Final APR may differ from the loan interest rate due to additional fees, such as a loan documentation fee, which may be applicable. For a $25,050 vehicle loan with a term of 36 months, a 45 day first payment due date and 2.99% APR, the monthly payment will be $727.76. The APR may increase during the term of the loan if automatic payments are discontinued for any reason. To qualify for the disclosed rate, customer must be a Farm Bureau member. Finance charges accrue from origination date of the loan. Rates and financing are limited to vehicles models 2004 and newer. All loans are subject to credit approval, verification, and collateral evaluation. Other rates and financing options are available. Non-member rates may be 1-3% higher than posted rates. Loans for RVs, motorcycles, trailers, ATVs, watercraft and commercial vehicle may be 0.50% higher. This offer is not available in all states and terms are subject to change without notice. Banking services provided by Farm Bureau Bank, FSB. EQUAL HOUSING


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