• Donald W. Alexander Donald W. Alexander

    Don Alexander provided more than 40 years of service to Arkansas agriculture, including 35 years at the Arkansas State Plant Board. Born and raised in north-central Arkansas, Alexander graduated from Concord High School in Cleburne County in 1966. He began […]

  • Margaret P. Alexander Margaret P. Alexander

    Looking back on her 32-year-career, training women and young people to become leaders and seeing them become successful in their careers was Margaret Alexander’s greatest joy and contribution to agriculture. Alexander spent her career as a Cooperative Extension Service Home […]

  • Philip Alford Jr. Philip Alford Jr.

    Philip Alford is owner/operator of Phil Alford Farms nearLewisville(LafayetteCounty).  He is credited with developing the first successful large scale stocker cattle operation in southwestArkansas. Through the years he has mentored numerous ranchers who sought his help in starting their own […]

  • Robert W. Anderson Robert W. Anderson

    Robert W. Anderson grew up on a farm near Ozark. He was an honor student in Agriculture at the University of Arkansas. Mr. Anderson worked as an entomologist, served in the Army three years in the Pacific during WWII, then worked for the Extension Service. […]

  • Mary Ann Ritter Arnold Mary Ann Ritter Arnold

    Mary Ann Ritter Arnold was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She attended Marked Tree Public Schools and continued her higher education at Stephen’s College in Columbia, Missouri; then the University of Missouri, where she received a B.S. in Home Economics. Mrs. […]

  • Dr. Lanny Ashlock Dr. Lanny Ashlock

    Dr. Lanny Ashlock has been known as “Mr. Soybean” in Arkansas throughout his career as Extension Soybean Specialist with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. For more than 20 years, soybean growers throughout the state looked to Ashlock because […]

  • James R. Baker James R. Baker

    A fifth-generation cattleman, Jim Baker has spent his adult life advancing the state’s cattle industry. From 1983 – 1995 he served on the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission when the reproductive disease brucellosis was threatening the industry. He represented the […]

  • Ford Baldwin Ford Baldwin

    Baldwin is retired from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and now operates a consulting business, Practical Weed Consultants, while also writing regularly for the Delta Farm Press. His 43 years of assistance to farmers (27 with the Cooperative […]

  • Richard S. “Dick” Barnett, Jr. Richard S. “Dick” Barnett, Jr.

    Richard S. “Dick” Barnett, Jr. was born March 4, 1906 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was educated in Pine Bluff public schools, and attended Washington and Lee University where he received an AB degree in 1927. In addition Mr. Barnett […]

  • Dr. Lionel Barton Dr. Lionel Barton

    Throughout his career and following retirement, Dr. Lionel Barton has worked unceasingly to improve the lives of poultry farmers and address the needs of the poultry industry in Arkansas. He has a special ability to relate his scientific knowledge into […]

  • Col. T.H. Barton Col. T.H. Barton

    Col. T.H. Barton  was never a farmer. He never owned a herd of livestock, but he oiled the wheels of progress for the livestock industry in Arkansas as the influential president of the Arkansas Livestock Show Association. In his youth, Col. Barton […]

  • Kenneth S. Bates Kenneth S. Bates

    Kenneth S. Bates was born in Waldron, Arkansas, Scott County. He began working with the Cooperative Extension Service as Assistant in Agricultural Conservation for Perry County in July 1937. He served as Agent for several counties, including Polk County and […]

  • William A. (Bill) Baxter William A. (Bill) Baxter

    William A. (Bill) Baxter received a B.S. in Agriculture in 1949 from the University of Arkansas. He received the “Arkansas Cotton Achievement Award” in recognition of his long and continuing history of accomplishments and service to the agricultural community of […]

  • Allen Bedell Allen Bedell

    Allen Bedell has dedicated his life to advancing the forestry industry in Arkansas. He is a mentor to many loggers and foresters in the state and has maintained a life-long commitment to leadership in environmental stewardship and putting ethical logging […]

  • Harry Belk Sr. Harry Belk Sr.

    Harry Belk Sr. was from Walnut Ridge in Lawrence County. It’s said that late in his life, representatives of the then-Soil Conservation Service visited with Mr. Belk about the irrigation methods he’d used to turn pure 1920 swamp land into a flourishing farm producing bumper […]

  • Richard E. Bell Richard E. Bell

    Richard Bell retired in July 2004 as president and CEO of Riceland Foods, Inc., capping a 27-year career with the world’s largest miller of rice and one of the Mid-South’s largest processor of soybeans. A native of Clinton, Ill., Bell […]

  • Wayne Bennett Wayne Bennett

    Wayne Bennett was born in Lonoke County and has lived in Arkansas all of his life, except for his military service. As a United States Army Air Force pilot, Mr. Bennett served 18 months in the Pacific theatre during World War II and has continued […]

  • Arnold Berner Arnold Berner

    Arnold Berner was a supporter of and leader in Arkansas agriculture for more than 40 years. He was reared on a poultry and dairy farm in Benton County, and a graduate of Springdale High School. A veteran of four years’ World War II service […]

  • R. Marion Berry R. Marion Berry

    Despite earning a pharmacy degree from the University of Arkansas, R. Marion Berry, 71, always has had farming in his blood and used practices learned on the farm to become an influential political figure in Arkansas agriculture. The Arkansas County […]

  • William Jackson Bevis William Jackson Bevis

    William Jackson Bevis has lived and worked in Scott, Arkansas, for most of his life. Mr. Bevis attended Peabody and Scott High School, where he graduated in 1941. He received the “Arkansas Star Farmer Award” in 1940 and was elected […]

  • James Bibler James Bibler

    Under the leadership of James Bibler, Bibler Brothers Lumber Company grew to be one of the most progressive and successful operations of its kind in the United States. The family business was established in 1909 when James’ grandfather built a […]

  • Devoe Bollinger Devoe Bollinger

    A lifelong cattleman, Devoe Bollinger has dedicated his career to improving the image ofArkansasranchers, the quality of pasture lands, supportingArkansasyouth and promoting the beef cattle industry to consumers. Bollinger is best known for leading the effort to eradicate the reproductive […]

  • Morris L. Bowman Morris L. Bowman

    Morris L. Bowman came from a large family and while many of his siblings chose to take up professions outside of farming, he chose to manage the family farm. Mr. Bowman has served in executive offices for numerous civic and […]

  • Richard “Dick” Bransford Richard “Dick” Bransford

    Richard “Dick” Bransford was born and raised in Lonoke, Arkansas. Mr. Bransford and his son, Rick, have farmed 3,000 acres, growing cotton, rice, wheat and soybeans. Mr. Bransford earned a degree in Agriculture from the University of Arkansas in 1951 […]

  • William C. “Bill” Bridgforth William C. “Bill” Bridgforth

    Bridgforth is senior partner in the law firm of Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson and Raley, where he represents the legal needs of farmers and ranchers in Arkansas and throughout the United States. He is a frequent speaker across the country on […]

  • Dr. Lew E. Brinkley Dr. Lew E. Brinkley

    Brinkley has taught three generations of students at Arkansas State University, spending his 46-year career there as a professor of agricultural economics, department administrator, student advisor and mentor. Dr. Brinkley taught at least 10 different courses during his tenure (1969-2016), […]

  • Dr. Connell J. Brown Dr. Connell J. Brown

    Dr. Connell J. Brown was reared on a general livestock farm near Valley Springs, where he graduated high school in 1940. Dr. Brown served with the U.S. Army Air Force as a radio operator in the Pacific from 1943 to 1946. On his return, […]

  • Gordon R. Brown Gordon R. Brown

    Gordon R. Brown was a graduate of Iowa State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Farm Crops and Soils in 1926. Mr Brown also pursued post graduate work at the University of Arkansas. Mr. Brown served as President of […]

  • Mark Bryles Mark Bryles

    Mississippi County leads the state of Arkansas in cotton production and Mark Bryles is credited for being instrumental in the revival of cotton as the county’s main crop. As an agent for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative […]

  • Troy Buck Troy Buck

    Troy Buck has spent 46 years in vocational agriculture, leading two of the state’s largest FFA chapters and affecting the lives of countless students along the way. A native of Alpine (ClarkCounty), Buck earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture […]

  • Robert L. “Bob” Buice Robert L. “Bob” Buice

    Robert L. “Bob” Buice has been called “an Arkansas broadcast legend.” Mr. Buice graduated from North Little Rock High School and attended Little Rock Junior College. After three years in the army during World War II he returned to the […]

  • U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers

    Dale Bumpers’ impact on agriculture will last far beyond his lifetime, a testament to his vision and intense interest in research and the practical aspects of family farming. As a two-term governor, and four-termU.S.senator, Bumpers championed numerous agricultural causes. Additionally, […]

  • William H. “Bill” Caldwell William H. “Bill” Caldwell

    “Mr. Bill” Caldwell, as he was known to family and friends, has a legacy of service and leadership in agriculture in White County. He is known for helping in the development of the town of Rose Bud, both economically and […]

  • Jack D. Carey Jack D. Carey

    Jack Carey has spent 35 years leading the boll weevil eradication effort in Arkansas. Now retired, Carey grew cotton, soybeans, rice and wheat in the Arkansas delta after moving to Desha County in 1971 from his native Louisiana. Carey became […]

  • Abraham Carpenter Sr. Abraham Carpenter Sr.

    When one thinks of quality, locally grown produce in Arkansas, the name Carpenter generally comes to mind. Visitors to the Little Rock or Pine Bluff Farmer’s Market know the Carpenter family. Led by Abraham Carpenter Sr., they have been growing […]

  • L. Clyde Carter L. Clyde Carter

    L. Clyde Carter was born June 10, 1909 in Warren, Arkansas. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1928, then graduated from the University of Arkansas College of Agriculture in 1931, with a major in agronomy. He did graduate work […]

  • Neely E. Cassady Neely E. Cassady

    Neely Cassady was a driving force in the formation of the poultry industry in southwest Arkansas, particularly in his native Howard County. His father, R.L. Cassady, founded Cassady’s Hatchery in 1937 and developed it into a thriving enterprise in the […]

  • Dr. C. E. “Chuck” Caviness Dr. C. E. “Chuck” Caviness

    Dr. C. E. “Chuck” Caviness is “Dr. Soybean” in the minds of many mid-south soybean producers due to the tremendous contribution he has made to the soybean industry. Dr. Caviness has released 9 widely adopted varieties of soybeans and for several years Arkansas farmers […]

  • Henry “Hank” Chamberlin Henry “Hank” Chamberlin

    Hank Chamberlin devoted his life to the timber and forestry industry and is known as the “Father of Forestry Education” in Arkansas. He founded what is now the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at […]

  • Esther Hill Chapin Esther Hill Chapin

    Esther Hill Chapin had a vision for the future. In 1985, Chapin, who operated a highly successful Poinsett County row-crop operation with her husband, Sam, formed the Judd Hill Foundation to promote research, experimentation, education and conservation in agriculture. Upon […]

  • Orval A. Childs Orval A. Childs

    Orval A. Childs received his Masters degree from Louisiana State University, after completing undergraduate degrees at Magnolia A&M and Oklahoma A&M. Mr. Childs taught vocational agriculture for 7 years and taught at Magnolia A&M (which became Southern Arkansas University) for […]

  • John Reuben Clark John Reuben Clark

    Dr. John Clark is one of the country’s preeminent experts in the field of fruit crop genetics and breeding, particularly blackberries, grapes, nectarines and peaches. As distinguished professor in the department of horticulture at the University of Arkansas, he has […]

  • Peggy Clark Peggy Clark

    Peggy Clark is owner and manager of Clark Timberlands and has been synonymous with sustainable forestry for almost 40 years. In what would become a series of “firsts” in her career, Peggy Clark assumed the role of manager of the […]

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