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Matters by Randy Veach

President, Arkansas Farm Bureau

“I have fought the good fight, I have

finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2

in fact, went to countless homes and

Timothy 4:7

farm shops to increase understanding of how these farmer funded check-off

While I have the privilege and honor

On the Cover ­— An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, it certainly can’t hurt. A medium-size apple with the skin on (95 calories) provides 17 percent of your daily fiber needs, is a good source of vitamin C and is wonderfully flavorful. Send comments to: frontporch@arfb.com

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Farm Bureau Matters Randy Veach Food for Thought Ewell Welch

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of carrying the title of president of the

idea to create the Arkansas Foundation

Arkansas Farm Bureau, the person who has

for Agriculture, which brought together

the most meaningful impact on the day-

various entities to promote the Arkansas

to-day success of the organization is the

farmer and rancher to the general public.

executive vice president.

And more recently, it was Ewell’s vision

Ewell Welch, a close, personal friend

Leadership Council, a training program

seek when dealing with difficult issues, is

that enhances the leadership skills of Farm

retiring from that role on Nov. 1, ending

Bureau members. This doesn’t take into

36 years of service to the organization.

consideration the countless other issues

For the past 11 years, Ewell has served as

that his wisdom helped guide Arkansas

executive vice president, where his humble

Farm Bureau and other organizations to

leadership and wisdom have aided each of

success.

us who enjoy the benefits of Farm Bureau membership.

and conversation. My wife Deanna and

next page. With his usual understated

I look forward to doing things we have

style, Ewell’s column is not about him,

put off doing for a long time, specifically

but rather the principled and meaningful

spending more time with our children and

purpose of Farm Bureau, its leaders and

grandchildren. “I am excited for the future of Arkansas

while working for such a well-grounded

Farm Bureau, because I know its mission

organization. The willingness to always

and purpose will carry on and continue to

put others above himself is the sign of a

have a positive impact on our state.”

Raised in rural Yell County, the son of a vo-ag teacher and FFA advisor, Ewell is a man of incredible integrity – among the

Because of Ewell’s work and leadership, this organization has talented and effective employees, motivated leaders and a stable financial future. I want to extend a sincere thank you

most principled I’ve ever been around.

to Ewell Welch and a hearty bon voyage

He’s a man of his word. While his words

to him and his wife Deanna. Ewell has,

are few, when Ewell speaks his words are

indeed, fought the good fight, finished

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He writes about his pending retirement

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meaningful and successful Arkansas Farm Bureau. God bless you and your families. God

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by Ewell Welch Executive Vice President, Arkansas Farm Bureau

I struggle to find the right words for

availability of quality health care in

this my final Food for Thought column.

our rural communities, the statewide

My retirement from Arkansas Farm

trauma network, and (still) a quality

Bureau, after 36 years, is official Nov.

transportation infrastructure, in

1. I wish good fortune on this great

addition to the obvious work in the

organization and its members, Rodney

areas of state and national agriculture

Baker, who will be the next executive

policy.

vice president, and the many volunteer leaders who provide Arkansas Farm Bureau with its collective soul. As I reflect on Arkansas Farm

Our work has been meaningful. And it won’t stop. With an exploding world population and the resources to grow crops and

Bureau and what it means, I’m struck

raise animals for food production near

with the noble purpose and mission

capacity, our work to ensure a safe

of the organization: to advocate on

and wholesome food supply will be

behalf of the men and women of

challenged. While some with confusing

agriculture.

and misguided intentions attempt

In many ways, that purpose is more

to paint modern farmers and their

meaningful now than in 1935 when

production methods in an unflattering

Arkansas Farm Bureau was founded.

light, the farmers and ranchers of our

We now have less than 2 percent of

state, and this nation, are out working

Americans engaged in production

to end world hunger. Let me be clear,

agriculture, compared to upward

our farmers and ranchers aren’t the

of 25 percent of the population in

problem, they’re the solution — and

1935. Because of the limited numbers

one of the great American success stories

involved in farming, if we don’t

of the last century — with history and

have an advocacy organization like

modern science on their side.

Farm Bureau working on behalf of

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meaning and responsibility. I’ve been

small portion of the population, so it’s

especially honored to spend the past

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11 years so closely involved with

to carry that message. That has been,

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Farm Bureau’s past role in bringing electricity to the countryside, paved

as if we can hear the heartbeat of

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When you’ve tasted a really good

apple, it’s easy to understand why Eve

in the northwest region of the state.

was tempted by this fruit. My favorite

Arkansas was experiencing what was

varieties are crisp, sweet and juicy. To

termed “southern apple mania.”

me the texture is as important as the flavor. The apple harvest ushers in fall,

monoculture began producing poor

and heritage apples are garnering more

apple harvests. Ben Davis, the backbone

and more attention these days. I’m glad,

apple variety of the Arkansas industry,

because there’s such a wide range of

was no longer recommended for

flavors from which to choose.

planting. Demand for southern apples

Diversity is a good thing Most often when you go to the

lessened, and farmers began to diversify. However, the Arkansas Black apple, with its dark-purple, thick skin, is a survivor of those days (see page 14).

grocery store these days, you see Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, maybe Braeburns, Fujis, of course

by P. Allen Smith

But an industry that was largely a

Granny Smith, and that’s about it.

The Buncombe connection While the Arkansas Black may

However, in the 19th century and

have been the best-known apple in

even before, there were hundreds of

Arkansas, the Buncombe was the best

apple varieties from which to choose,

known in my family. I don’t know if

each having its own delicious, unique

you’re like me in this regard, but when

flavor. With all the new interest in

I have a childhood memory or think

these heritage apples, you no longer

back to something that really made me

have to grow the apple trees to enjoy

happy, I want to repeat it. I guess it

the vintage varieties. Rome Beauty,

just comes with maturing. 

McIntosh and Jonathan are some of my

My aunt and uncle had an old

favorites. Thomas Jefferson loved his

apple tree by their dairy barn. It was

apples. Esopus Spitzenburg and Cox’s

a Buncombe apple, which comes from

Orange Pippin were among his favorites.

the 19th century. My aunt would pick those apples every fall, peel them and dry them, and throughout winter

A little history

she’d make the most delicious fried

Arkansas was once known for its

pies. As a matter of fact, she still does.

apple production. In the early 19th

She took bud wood off of that very

century, settlers were moving west and

Buncombe tree and grafted some apple

planting their favorite apple varieties.

trees for me for the heritage apple

By the middle of the century, northwest

orchard at my farm. 

Arkansas orchards were booming.

So by selecting heritage varieties for

Surviving the ravages of the Civil

the Garden Home Retreat, I can enjoy

War and with the rapid growth of the

some of those flavors of the past,

railroads, by the late 1800s, the market

and at the same time, preserve the

for apples grew steadily.

important bud wood or genetics of the

By the early 1900s, Arkansas orchards were producing millions of

trees for future generations. In addition to my aunt’s

bushels of apples each season. Benton

Buncombes, we chose 10 varieties of

and Washington counties alone had

heritage fruit trees rarely found in

a combined total of two million

orchards today. Diversity is a good

apple trees, and the commercial apple

thing.

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Fall’s tempting abundance

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Apple varieties planted at the Moss Mountain Farm orchard:

Hortus Ltd.

Ashmead’s Kernel Calville Blanc Arkansas Black Cox’s Orange Pippin Honeycrisp Hewe’s Virginia Crab Esopus Spitzenburg Magnum Bonum Transcendent Crab

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You’ll see I’ve also mixed in

time. Three is even better. Taste is

should periodically test your soil to

a few crabapples with the fruit-

important when choosing varieties

determine the need for any other

bearing varieties. We’ve all heard

but so are disease resistance and chill

nutrients.

of crabapples, but exactly what are

hours. Don’t forget this.

they? The main difference between

Apples (and crabapples) benefit

Depending on your space, you can

from a later winter pruning. I tackle

these two is the size of the fruit.

choose rootstocks that will produce

this job just as the leaf buds are

Crabapples produce a tiny fruit

full size, semi-dwarf or dwarf trees

beginning to swell. I don’t take

in fall, but it’s the profusion of

and strains that are spur type or non-

out any major limbs. I just try to

springtime blooms that makes them

spur type. Spur types and semi-dwarf

clean it up, removing broken, dead

so desirable. 

or dwarf rootstocks are usually better

or unwanted branches and twigs,

Planting apples in your backyard

for a home garden. They’re smaller

and open up the canopy, so all the

is easier than you think. They love

trees and easier to harvest, prune and

branches can get more sun and air

sun, especially in the morning to

spray. They also tend to bear fruit at

circulation. Now, I don’t let anything

dry the dew, and good soil with

an earlier age.

go to waste. All of the twigs I cut off

good drainage. With just a few

While a tree is young, fertilize

are bundled together for use when

considerations, you can have your

yearly with a complete organic

grilling. I love to cook chicken over

own mini apple orchard.

fertilizer following package directions

fruit wood. The flavor is excellent.

Apples require pollen from

and keeping the fertilizer at least

The other task I do in late winter/

another variety to set fruit, so you’ll

6 inches away from the trunk.

early spring is applying dormant

need space to plant at least two

After a few years, the trees will

oil. This suffocates any insects and

varieties that bloom at the same

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Old world Espalier is a tree-growing technique developed in Europe in the mid 1600s. The tree is trained to grow in a flat plane against a wall or trellis. It’s an efficient way to grow apple trees in limited garden space like this tree in the Moss Mt. Farm garden.

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Space saving espaliers I’ve always had a thing for the

espaliered (pronounced is-pal-

effect of causing the plants to

Enter the honeybee, one of the most

produce more fruit.

important pollinators of apples trees.

The reasons for growing espaliered

Honeybees tend to visit flowers

yerd) trees at George Washington’s

trees are still viable today. They’re

in the morning, so activities like

Mount Vernon. So I made sure to

excellent space savers perfect for

spraying or mowing should be put

incorporate some into the landscape

small gardens, offer easier access for

off until later in the day, allowing

plan of my farm garden. What I

gardeners with limited mobility and

them to do their job and give you

appreciate about them is they’re

because they’re less susceptible to

a good apple crop. It’s best not to

beautiful and useful. Espalier training

breaking branches, these trees have

spray any pesticides on your lawn or

in the classic European styles can be

an incredible life span. You can find

in your garden that could possibly

traced back to techniques developed

espaliered apple trees around 150

harm honeybees until late afternoon

in the mid 1600s by Father Legendre

years old that still produce fruit!

or evening when the bees are least

of Hanonville, France. The problem he faced was the last frost of the season would kill the fruit buds. He

likely to be out foraging.

Honeybees and apple trees

I get ready for the harvest as summer days shorten and the apples

also noted the trees planted nearest

Because apple flowers are not

begin ripening. The pruned twigs get

the monastery walls always suffered

self-fruitful — requiring pollen from

used in the kitchen for cooking, and,

less bud kill. So he planted more

another apple or crabapple variety —

of course, the glorious apples are

trees near walls. He eventually ran

they also need a means of transport

eaten fresh and also dried just like

into a space problem, so to remedy

to get the pollen from one flower to

Aunt Genny does. Although I don’t

this he started shearing the trees,

the next. With ample pollen, you’ll

know if I can ever manage to make

which he discovered had the positive

have more fruit of a higher quality.

fried pies like she does.

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Apples originating in Arkansas Ada Red Arkansas Black Arkansaw (Arkansas Red) Ashton Beach (Lady Pippin) Coffelt (Wandering Spy) Collins Elkhorn Arkansas best Arkansas led the nation in commercial apple production in the early Etris 1900s. Benton County was the leading apple-producing county in the country in Evans 1901 with 2.5 million bushels. Florence Givens (Arkansas Baptist) Mock (Adirondack) Stevenson Pippin (McAfee) Hastings Red Oliver Red (senator) Summer Champion Tull Highfill Rutherford Wilson June Howards Sweet (London Sweet) Shannon King David Springdale

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The Arkansas Black apple Growing up in the Ozarks, I’d always

heard the region once was this country’s apple epicenter. And it’s true.

As early as 1822, the Arkansas Gazette

reported a farmer west of Little Rock was growing apples. Farmers grew apples throughout the state, but the climate of the Ozark Plateau region of northwest Arkansas was suited particularly well for apple production. In the early 1800s, most homesteads in northwest Arkansas had kitchen orchards for family use.

Black is best The Arkansas Black apple is highly flavorful, excellent for baking and stores well. Its name comes from its distinctive dark coloration.

Then, in 1835 and 1836, nurseries were established at Canehill in Washington

and the Depression of the 1930s reduced

County and at Bentonville in Benton

the viability of Arkansas’ commercial

County to meet the need for a budding

orchards. The state’s apple industry never

commercial apple industry. Farmers sold

recovered. However, the Arkansas Black

excess apples from the expansion of their

apple survives to this day, and we’re

kitchen orchards to freighters who hauled

better off because of it.

apples in open wagons. Of all the numerous southern varieties

The Arkansas Black is a round, medium-sized apple. The flesh is yellow,

of apples, Arkansas is best known for

fine grained, crisp and juicy. The skin

the Arkansas Black apple. Early sources

is dark red to black, and the fruit ripens

indicate a farmer named Mr. Brathwaite

in October or November. Many enjoy

developed the Arkansas Black apple

eating Arkansas Blacks fresh, but it’s

in 1870 in his orchard northwest of

also a favorite for pies and cobblers.

Bentonville. There weren’t many large

Before widespread refrigeration, many

orchards of Arkansas Black apples.

Arkansans dried apples for future use;

However, in the late 1800s, the Arkansas

crushed for juice, cider or vinegar; or

Black apple made up 10 to 15 percent of

canned as apple butter. Farmers still

the state’s apple production. At that time,

grow Arkansas Blacks. In fact, the

farmers exhibited apple varieties at local,

Arkansas Black makes up about 3 to 5

national and international exhibitions. In

percent of Arkansas’ total apple crop.

1900, the Arkansas Black apple won first

Various apple-producing regions grow

prize at an exhibition in Paris, France.

Arkansas Black apples throughout the

By 1920, an infestation of codling moths in apples required spraying, which

U.S., including California, Washington, Oregon and Ohio.

made growing apples more expensive. Then, the required washing of apples to

Tara Johnson is a contributor to

remove spray residue further increased

Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Taste Arkansas

growing expenses. Drought conditions

blog. For recipes, videos and farmer profiles,

across several years stressed orchard trees,

visit tastearkansas.com today.

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Apple of my eye Be creative and use apples to decorate areas of your home (top). Apples can also be the subject of a decorative fall theme for mealtime entertaining with friends (below).

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Coring out the center to hold a

used recipe books. In the front parlor,

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I often use a large apothecary jar filled

remember to stick with a central idea

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Gun sight-in and bench shooting

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The first step in construction is to cut

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InTheKitchen Kent’s Killer Fresh Apple Cake Moist, delicious, flavor-packed fall classic by P. Allen Smith

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Killer cake This apple cake will be a sure hit for your family and entertaining events during the holiday season.

Directions

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a tube pan or

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

Bundt pan. Or spray the pan with a flour-based baking spray

1 cup vegetable oil

such as Baker’s Joy, and set it aside.

2 eggs, well beaten

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2 teaspoons vanilla extract

and brown sugar with vegetable oil. Then stir in the eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

and vanilla. Sift the flour into a separate bowl, and add

1 teaspoon baking soda

the baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add this to the wet

1 teaspoon salt

mixture. Fold in the nuts, raisins (if using) and apples. The

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

batter will be thick.

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Spoon the batter into the prepared tube pan, and bake

1 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)

for 75 to 90 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of

4 cups chopped peeled tart apples (such as Granny

the cake comes out clean.

Smith)

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REG. PRICE $79.99

LIMIT 4 - Good at our stores, HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 12/14/13. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

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LOT NO. 95275/ 60637/69486/61615

LOT NO. 98085/ 69644/69890/60498 Item 69644 shown

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REG. PRICE $4.99

LIMIT 8 - Good at our stores, HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 12/14/13. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

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25%

6 PIECE SCREWDRIVER SET

SAVE 50%

ON ALL HAND TOOLS!

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Item 47770 shown

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90 AMP FLUX WIRE WELDER

SAVE $60 LOT NO. 68887/61207

$

8999

REG. PRICE $149.99

LIMIT 5 - Good at our stores, HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 12/14/13. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

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$ 99 REG. PRICE $25.99

LIMIT 7 - Good at our stores, HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon p must be ppresented. Valid through 12/14/13. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

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NEW!

44", 13 DRAWER INDUSTRIAL QUALITY ROLLER CABINET

2900 LB. CAPACITY

Item 68784 shown

LOT NO. 68784/69387

WEIGHS 306 LBS.

SAVE $290

$

SUPER HIGH GLOSS FINISH!

35999 REG. PRICE $649.99

LIMIT 4 - Good at our stores, HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 12/14/13. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

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