• 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 […]

  • W. C. “Buddy” Coleman W. C. “Buddy” Coleman

    W. C. “Buddy” Coleman a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, graduated from Louisiana State University. Mr. Coleman served as an Air Force officer for two years during the Korean War. After completing his military service in 1953, Mr. Coleman joined the family business, Coleman Dairy, […]

  • Sherman D. Cullum, Sr. Sherman D. Cullum, Sr.

    Sherman Cullum dedicated his life to serving those in agriculture, first as a County Extension Agent (Mississippi County, 1960-61; Cross County, 1961-63), as manager of a Farm Supply business (1963-67), and assistant manager for Lee Wilson Co. (1967-74), before moving […]

  • O.H. “Doogie” Darling O.H. “Doogie” Darling

    O.H. “Doogie” Darling, 85, of Crossett, is a well-known name in forestry in southern Arkansas. Darling earned his forestry technician certificate from Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello). He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree […]

  • Thomas E. “Ted” Darragh Thomas E. “Ted” Darragh

    Thomas E. “Ted” Darragh of Vilonia, Arkansas, has been directly involved in beef, dairy, poultry and swine production through Darragh Company since his discharge from the Army Air Corp as a pilot in 1945. As chairman of the board of […]

  • William ‘Bill’ Dorough William ‘Bill’ Dorough

    Bill Dorough has been promoting agriculture his whole life. Growing up, he was a junior livestock exhibitor at the Arkansas State Fair. Very successful in the show ring, he had the Grand Champion Jersey Bull four years in a row. […]

  • George H. Dunklin George H. Dunklin

    In 1990, an article in the Pine Bluff Commercial referred to George H. Dunklin as “dean of the cottonseed industry.” It’s an apt title for someone who unselfishly committed his life to the success and development of that industry. Dunklin, […]

  • Jack R. England Jack R. England

    In the 1950’s the poultry industry was in its infancy in Arkansas. One of the true pioneers who led to its development into one of the leading poultry producing states in the nation is Jack England. He entered the poultry […]

  • Edgar “Chip” Farmer Edgar “Chip” Farmer

    Edgar “Chip” Farmer was born in Russellville, but his family moved to Dumas in 1913 when he was 9 months old. He graduated from Dumas High School. He and his wife Mary began farming cotton in Garrett Bridge community in 1937, with corn and hay […]

  • Armstead M. Feland, III Armstead M. Feland, III

    Armstead M. Feland, IIIwas raised on a farm in Kentucky. He attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky. His work in farmer cooperatives began in 1947, when he was hired as a manager trainee in a local farm supply cooperative in […]

  • Jon S. Fitch Jon S. Fitch

    Jon Fitch was a dedicated public servant who never let the men and women of agriculture leave his thoughts. He was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1979 at the age of 29, and served there for six […]

  • Marion D. Fletcher Marion D. Fletcher

      Marion Fletcher has spent his career teaching and mentoring Arkansas young people, first as a vocational agriculture instructor, and, for 20 years, as State Supervisor/Program Manager of Agricultural Education in the Department of Workforce Education. Through his affiliation with […]

  • Lehman Fowler Lehman Fowler

    Lehman Fowler has devoted his career to agriculture, having spent nearly all of it in Arkansas. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. Mr. Fowler has managed farms of up to 20,000 acres in the heart of Arkansas’ rice country. He has […]

  • Waldo Frasier Waldo Frasier

    Waldo Frasier was one of the most important leaders in the establishment of the modern day Arkansas Farm Bureau. During his years with Arkansas Farm Bureau, Mr. Frasier served as Executive Secretary from 1935 until 1955. He was the Executive […]

  • Dr. C. Michael French Dr. C. Michael French

    As it pertains to agriculture, Dr. C. Michael French’s story is one of education and academic achievement. Currently the associate director for programs with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, his contributions in Arkansas, as well as regionally and […]

  • John Gammon, Jr. John Gammon, Jr.

    John Gammon, Jr. was born in Marion and graduated in 1931 from Arkansas AM&N (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) where he was quarterback of the football team. He served as a junior analyst in the U.S. Department […]

  • Gene George Gene George

    Gene George was a member of one of the “Pioneer Families” in Northwest Arkansas, and he was a pioneer in the modern poultry industry. There have not been many chairmen of the board in the poultry industry who could trace their history back to catching […]

  • Gary C. George Gary C. George

    Arkansas-based poultry firm George’s Inc. traces its history back to the 1920s, when Gary George’s grandfather, C.L. George, opened a small general store and began hauling live poultry to customers in Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago. Almost 100 years […]

  • Thomas H. Gist Jr Thomas H. Gist Jr

    Thomas H. Gist Jr. is a lifelong cotton and grain farmer who has made his mark in agriculture through service and community involvement. He has been on Riceland Foods’ Executive Committee, Farmland Industries of Kansas City, Lee County Grain Drying […]

  • Dan T. Gray Dan T. Gray

    Dan T. Gray  was named Dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas in 1924. He also became director of the U of A Agriculture Experiment Station and held both posts until 1939. Mr. Gray received his education in his home […]

  • Jerry L. Hall Jerry L. Hall

    One of the state’s top dairymen and milk producers, Jerry Hall devoted his life supporting the industry and raising some of the most productive cows in Arkansas. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Damascus, Hall developed a love […]

  • H. Clay Hansen H. Clay Hansen

    H. Clay Hansen was born and raised on a farm in North Arkansas near Ash Flat. He graduated from the University of Arkansas College of Agriculture in 1937. Mr. Hansen’s work experience has been varied, but almost always associated in some way with the field […]

  • Joseph C. “Joe” Hardin Joseph C. “Joe” Hardin

    Joseph C. “Joe” Hardin was an Arkansas native and a lifelong resident of Grady, except for his service in the Army during World War I. Mr. Hardin served as President of Arkansas Farm Bureau from 1948 until 1955; he had […]

  • Dr. Glenn W. Hardy Dr. Glenn W. Hardy

    Dr. Glenn W. Hardy began his service to Arkansas agriculture as an assistant professor in agronomy at the University of Arkansas in 1956. He taught courses in Beginning Soils and Soil Fertility, developed research projects in cotton and soybean fertility, which were pursued with vigor […]

  • Nicky Hargrove Nicky Hargrove

    Nicky Hargrove is well known across Arkansas for his leadership and contributions to the betterment of agriculture. Among his many venues of service, he was president of Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation from 1976-1986. Mr. Hargrove received the Progressive Farmer magazine […]

  • Jacob Hartz, Sr. Jacob Hartz, Sr.

    Jacob Hartz, Sr.  was a pioneer in soybean production and seed processing throughout Arkansas and the Mid-South. After completing only six years of formal education, he worked as a sales representative for the International Harvester Company before starting his own business. In August of […]

  • Paul H. Harvel Paul H. Harvel

    Paul Harvel made his mark on Arkansas agriculture through a lifetime of work with Chambers of Commerce in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Raised on a farm in Keller, Texas,  Harvel’s father was a vocational agriculture teacher. Lessons learned on the […]

  • Tommy H. Hillman Tommy H. Hillman

    Tommy Hillman has spent the past 50 years promoting and serving the rice industry. A rice, soybean and wheat farmer from Carlisle, Hillman served as chairman of the board of directors of Riceland Foods, Inc. from 1993 – 2001. He […]

  • David W. Hillman David W. Hillman

    A fourth-generation farmer, David Hillman is one of just 10 men to serve as president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau, the state’s leading agricultural advocacy organization. In 2012 he was elected as state representative for District 13, which encompasses parts […]

  • Dr. O. R. Holiday Dr. O. R. Holiday

    Dr. O. R. Holiday has provided a lifetime of service in the field of agriculture education. After receiving an undergraduate degree from AM&N College in 1937, Dr. Holiday went on to earn a Master’s degree from Michigan State University and […]

  • John R. “Johnnie” Holmes John R. “Johnnie” Holmes

    John R. “Johnnie” Holmes was a 4-H member as a youngster in the Rio Grand Valley north of El Paso, Texas He went on to graduate from Texas A&M with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Education. As a student, he worked at the […]

  • James T. “Red” Hudson James T. “Red” Hudson

    James T. “Red” Hudson followed a path to success that lead from a Checkerboard Feed Store in Florida to being the founder of a $750 million food company. A son of the South, “Red” Hudson was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and raised in […]

  • Bobby Huey Bobby Huey

    Born in Remmel in Jackson County to a tenant cotton farmer, Bobby Allen Huey went on to spend 33 years working on behalf of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. In 1970, Huey became the first full-time rice extension […]

  • Leroy Isbell Leroy Isbell

    With innovations in the rice industry never before attempted by anyone in Arkansas or the U.S., Leroy Isbell, 89, of England, pioneered methods making his name internationally recognized. Isbell’s innovations during a 55-year career are widely accepted today. Isbell first […]

  • William James Jernigan, Sr. William James Jernigan, Sr.

    The late W.J. Jernigan launched what has become 4-H in Arkansas in 1912, and his early leadership role helped establish 4-H as the training ground for innovative farming practices and, more importantly, strong agricultural leaders of our state. A native […]

  • Stewart E. Jessup Stewart E. Jessup

    Stewart E. Jessup, of Stuttgart is a lifelong grain farmer who directed Riceland Foods, Inc. during some of the cooperative’s strongest years of growth and development. From 1985-1993, Jessup served as chairman of Riceland’s board of directors until his retirement. […]

  • Ruben H. Johnson Ruben H. Johnson

    After graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1955 with a degree in animal science, Ruben H. Johnson joined the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service as associate county agent in Washington County. While Johnson, now 83, began his career […]

  • Mescal Johnston Mescal Johnston

    Mescal Johnston attended Arkansas Tech University and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Home Economics from the University of Arkansas. During the 30 years she served as food marketing specialist at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Mrs. Johnston became recognized for program leadership in […]

  • Jack Jones Jack Jones

    A second-generation cattle and soybean farmer fromPottsvilleinPopeCounty, Jack Jones has actively served as an advocate for agriculture on the state and local level throughout his adult life. Following graduation from Arkansas Polytechnic College (now Arkansas Tech University) in 1956, Jones […]

  • Hazel Craig Jordan Hazel Craig Jordan

    Hazel Craig Jordan was a native of Strong in Union County and attended public school there, then went on to earn a B.S. degree in Home Economics at the University of Arkansas in 1934. She entered the then-Agricultural Extension Service on February 1, 1934, in […]

  • Jack G. Justus Jack G. Justus

    Jack G. Justus was born and raised in Boone County in Northwest Arkansas. He was a product of Arkansas’ educational system, graduating with honors from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Agriculture. He was employed by the Cooperative Extension Service from 1953 to […]

  • Hillman Koen Hillman Koen

    Hillman Koen has been a highly successful poultry grower and served the industry well. In 1965, he set up Koen Farms Inc. and was owner/president of its egg operation for years. His community service includes the presidency of Arkansas Egg […]

  • Mr. J. “Jay” Noal Lawhon Mr. J. “Jay” Noal Lawhon

    Mr. J. “Jay” Noal Lawhon was born in 1919 in Monarch, Arkansas, and was introduced to farming by his father at an  early age. Mr. Lawhon graduated from Catholic High School in 1938 and went to the University of Arkansas […]

  • Tommy B. Lewis Tommy B. Lewis

    For the past 55 years, Tommy Lewis has been known as one of the state’s leading cattlemen and owner/operator of the largest livestock market in Arkansas. Born in Shirley (Van Buren County), Lewis moved to Conway in 1944, following the […]

  • Harold Loyd “Hal” Lewis Harold Loyd “Hal” Lewis

    Dr. H.L. Lewis’ impact on theU.S.cotton industry cannot be overstated. His research led to the development of the cotton module builder, development of Boll Weevil Eradication technology and the micronaire test procedure to help producers determine the best time to […]

  • Dr. Charles Lincoln Dr. Charles Lincoln

    Dr. Charles Lincoln a native of Benton County, Arkansas graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1934 with a B.S.A. degree. He obtained the Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in 1938. From 1938-1942 he remained on the staff of Cornell University. Dr. Lincoln returned to […]

  • Keith S. Lusby Keith S. Lusby

    Innovations in agricultural practices are necessary for agriculture and livestock production to grow. Moreover, the methods and facilities used in educating students should be innovative, too. Keith S. Lusby, 66, of Fayetteville, who earned an animal science doctorate degree at […]

  • Lon Mann Lon Mann

    Lon Mann made great contributions to Arkansas’ cotton industry. Always an energetic worker, he has been a recognized leader since he returned from the military after World War II. He served as president of the Agricultural Council, president of the Arkansas-Missouri Ginners Association (now the Southern […]

  • Jesse W. Mason, Sr. Jesse W. Mason, Sr.

    Jesse W. Mason, Sr. received an agricultual degree from Tuskegee University in 1932. For 51 years, Mr. Mason was committed to Arkansas Agriculture and the wholistic approach to community and economic development in rural Arkansas. He served as an assistant […]

  • Hugh D. McClain Hugh D. McClain

    Hugh McClain, founder and owner of McClain Farms in Baxter County, has been a dynamic leader within the poultry industry and throughout the community. Raised on a small farm in the rural community of Maumee in Searcy County, McClain graduated […]

  • Adam J. McClung Adam J. McClung

    McClung served as executive vice president of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association from 2009-17, generating membership growth over that span and creating the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Class, designed to develop leadership skills for tomorrow’s agricultural leaders. McClung died suddenly Aug. 6, […]

  • Robert L. “Bob” McGinnis Robert L. “Bob” McGinnis

    Bob McGinnis was a cotton producer who spent 20 years as a state representative, with agriculture’s best interest always in mind. A native of Marianna (LeeCounty), McGinnis served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1979-1999 representing District 97, which […]

  • John A. McKnight, Jr. John A. McKnight, Jr.

    John A. McKnight, Jr., of Searcy, made his name in the beef cattle industry. For more than 30 years he was a premierHerefordbreeder. He is owner-operator of River Oaks Farm where he has produced top-quality Polled Hereford, Braford and Gelbvieh […]

  • John Measel John Measel

    John Measel was born on a 100-acre farm near Hermitage in Bradley County. Mr. Measel was a graduate of the  University of Arkansas, where he was a star on the Razorback football team. After receiving his B.S. degree in Agriculture, […]

  • Jess C. Merkle Jess C. Merkle

    Jess C. Merkle was born in 1912 in McAlester, Oklahoma. He graduated from Hartshorne High School and attended Oklahoma A&M College. After employment in the produce and poultry industries, with J. H. Johnson, he formed J-M Poultry Packing Company and moved to El Dorado, Arkansas, […]

  • Paul H. Millar Paul H. Millar

    Paul H. Millar was born in Conway and educated in the Little Rock public schools. He received a BSA degree from the University of Arkansas College of Agriculture and a graduate degree from the University of Illinois in Agricultural Economics. […]

  • Congressman Wilbur D. Mills Congressman Wilbur D. Mills

    Congressman Wilbur D. Mills  was a strong advocate and effective ally for farmers and the agricultural economy. From his early days as a boy in Kensett working in his father’s businesses, Wilbur Mills became aware of the problems facing farmers. As a judge […]

  • S.D. Mitchell S.D. Mitchell

    The late S. D. Mitchell, was raised in Logan county and gave his life to agricultural education and the Arkansas poultry industry. Mitchell taught vocational agriculture classes at Strawberry,ClintonandConwayhigh schools before returning to theUniversityofArkansasto obtain his master’s degree. From 1935-1943, […]

  • Dr. James N. Moore Dr. James N. Moore

    Dr. James N. Moore received BSA and MS degrees from the University of Arkansas; then served as research associate at Rutgers University from 1957 to 1961, receiving his Ph.D. in 1961. For three years ,he was in charge of the federal blueberry and grape breeding […]

  • Dr. Teddy E. Morelock Dr. Teddy E. Morelock

    Known as the “King of Spinach” by his friends and colleagues in the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, the late Teddy Morelock was one of the nation’s premier vegetable breeders and his expertise on fresh spinach and southern peas […]

  • Dwight L. Morris Dwight L. Morris

    Dwight L. Morris was instrumental in organizing Ozark Milk Producers in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1955 and was the first President of the organization. After several mergers this organization, in 1969, became part of Associated Milk Producers, Inc., the largest dairy […]

  • Justin R. Morris Justin R. Morris

    Justin Morris’ career has been dedicated to improving the sustainability of horticulture and he is renowned worldwide for his contributions to the grape and wine industry. As a result, Morris is recognized as one of the foremost authorities in viticultural […]

  • Billie R. Nix Billie R. Nix

    The late Billie R. Nix bought the Ash Flat Livestock Auction in 1960 and until his death in 2010, worked tirelessly to improve the cattle industry in Arkansas. Nix was owner and president of the auction for more than 50 […]

  • Dr. Paul Noland Dr. Paul Noland

    Dr. Paul Noland grew up on a farm near Chillicothe, Illinois. He was a 4-H and FFA member and received many awards for outstanding achievements. Dr. Noland attended Blackburn College in Chillicothe, in 1942-1943. He then served in the U.S. Army until 1946. He attended […]

  • Bruce Oakley Bruce Oakley

    Bruce Oakley built a business from a single dump truck from which he hauled lime fertilizer in 1968 to a diversified commodity trading, distribution and transportation company based in North Little Rock with $1.3 billion in sales in 2014. Oakley […]

  • Harold F. Ohlendorf Harold F. Ohlendorf

    Harold F. Ohlendorf has been a leader of leaders and is probably most widely known for his contribution to agriculture as the 16-year president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. He also served as a member of the Board of […]

  • Donald Oliver Donald Oliver

    Donald Oliver Donald Oliver farmed all of his adult life, with the exception of two years he served in the U.S. navy during World War II. In the 1950s he helped design and build one of the first articulated 4-wheel […]

  • Betty Oliver Betty Oliver

    Betty Oliver, of North Little Rock has given her life to serving Arkansas agriculture through a 45-year career with theUniversity ofArkansas Cooperative Extension Service. During her distinguished career Oliver received numerous awards including: The National Association of Extension Home Economists […]

  • Dr. Sellers J. Parker Dr. Sellers J. Parker

    Dr. Sellers J. Parker  was the first dean of the Division of Agriculture and Technology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. His career, which spanned four decades, included working in the state’s racially segregated education system to promote improved agricultural practices among […]

  • John Frank Pendergrass John Frank Pendergrass

    Born in 1936 in Paris, Logan County, John Frank Pendergrass is a fifth-generation cattle rancher who has become known as an innovator in the stocker and feeder cattle business. As president of Pendergrass Cattle Company in Charleston, Pendergrass is still […]

  • Lloyd Ernest Peterson Lloyd Ernest Peterson

    Lloyd Ernest Peterson was born in Decatur, Arkansas on October 3, 1912. He attended school in Decatur and graduated from high school in 1930. He decided to stay in Decatur and go into business related to agricultural products. In 1939, […]

  • John Philpot John Philpot

    John Philpot is recognized by Arkansans across the state because of his one-of-a-kind humor and an unending interest in the promotion of Arkansas agriculture. Raised in Mena, Philpot earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 1957 from the University of […]

  • Williams “Bill” Pierce Williams “Bill” Pierce

    Williams “Bill” Pierce  earned a B.S. Degree in Agriculture Extension from South Carolina State College. He did further study at the University of Arkansas and the University of Oklahoma. He was a member of the board of directors with the […]

  • James C. Pledger James C. Pledger

    Jim Pledger has touched the lives of numerous Arkansas young people and adults through his tenure as President and General Manager of the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show Association. Pledger assumed this position in August of 1994 and was […]

  • Mathew Post Mathew Post

    The name Post is synonymous with grape-growing and winemaking in Arkansas and across the United States. The six-generation farm family has been growing grapes and making wine in Altus since Mathew Post’s great-grandfather Jacob planted the first vineyard in 1872. […]

  • Senator David Pryor Senator David Pryor

    Senator David Pryor put in countless hours in the Senate Agriculture Committee working on legislation affecting the American farmer and rural America, because he realized the importance of agriculture to Arkansas and to our nation as a whole. As a U.S. representative, as governor, and […]

  • Ned Ray Purtle Ned Ray Purtle

    Ned Ray Purtle was born in Prescott, Arkansas, and has been a lifelong resident of Southwest Arkansas. He attended Southern State University and graduated with a degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University. Mr. Purtle established and has operated […]

  • Ned Purtle Ned Purtle

    Ned Purtle was very involved in many areas of Arkansas Agriculture, especially those related to livestock. In the early 1950s, Mr. Purtle represented the Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission at a meeting with USDA officials and was successful in getting an agreement for Arkansas to become […]

  • Mary Louise Wilbern Ratcliffe Mary Louise Wilbern Ratcliffe

    Mary Ratcliffe was a leader in farm conservation efforts, leaving a legacy of stewardship that runs throughout Arkansas agriculture. Raised on a dairy and cotton farm in Sweet Home, Ratcliffe assumed control of Ratcliffe Farms when her husband died in […]

  • Stanley E. Reed Stanley E. Reed

    A third-generation cotton and soybean farmer from Marianna, Stanley Reed spent his life advocating for agriculture and rural Arkansas. He was passionate about the farm way of life and leading the industry through a time of technological change and advancement. Prior to […]

  • John Ed Regenold John Ed Regenold

    John Ed Regenold began his career with the Armorel Planting Company in 1953. Under his leadership the company and its affiliates grew from 2,500 acres to more than 7,500. When an additional 2,500 acres the company rents and subleases is […]

  • Ernest Ritter Ernest Ritter

    Ernest Ritter was one of the founders of the town of Marked Tree and a man of rare vision and industry. Mr. Ritter was born in Iowa in 1887. Through the connection of an uncle who owned sawmills in Arkansas, he first came to […]

  • Roy Ritter Roy Ritter

    Roy Ritter was born in 1908 in the Wheeler Community in Washington County. He went to work selling surplus grapes from his family farm in Elm Springs and in 1939, he went to work for General Mills. Mr. Ritter owned […]

  • Winthrop Rockefeller Winthrop Rockefeller

    Winthrop Rockefeller moved to Arkansas from his native state of New York in 1953. He purchased land and established Winrock Farms on Petit Jean Mountain. Through proper land management and progressive livestock breeding practices, Mr. Rockefeller developed Winrock Farms into an internationally known and respected agricultural […]

  • Dr. Harry R. Rosen Dr. Harry R. Rosen

    Dr. Harry R. Rosen  made numerous significant contributions to Arkansas agriculture in over 40 years as a professor of plant pathology at the University of Arkansas. His pioneering research brought to the state the breeding for host-plant disease resistance for field and horticultural crops. […]

  • Senator Stanley Russ Senator Stanley Russ

    Senator Stanley Russ exhibited a commitment and interest in argiculture early in his life, and that commitment has never waned. State Senator Russ grew up on a dairy farm near Conway. He was educated in the Conway public schools and […]

  • Carmon R. “C. R.” Sawrie Carmon R. “C. R.” Sawrie

    Carmon R. “C. R.” Sawrie was born and reared on a farm in Greenbrier, Arkansas. He graduated from Greenbrier, then went on to earn B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Arkansas. He did further graduate work in Electrical Applications at Texas A&M University. […]

  • Vernon Scott Vernon Scott

    Vernon Scott spent more than 50 years working for the betterment of agriculture and his fellow man. He earned an Ag Education degree from Mississippi State College and later a masters degree in Ag Economics from Louisiana State University. Mr. Scott worked for the Farm […]

  • Gary Don Sebree Gary Don Sebree

    A third-generation rice farmer, Gary Sebree has spent his life advancing the rice industry in Arkansas and U.S. Sebree farms approximately 2,000 acres of rice and soybeans near Stuttgart, the heart of the Grand Prairie. He consistently produces some of […]

  • L. F. “Fred” Seidenstricker L. F. “Fred” Seidenstricker

    L. F. “Fred” Seidenstricker was born and reared on his family farm near Hazen. He attended public school there through the eighth grade, and he has been active in agriculture all his life. It was through Mr. Seidenstricker’s urging that Arkansas Grain Corp., […]

  • Romeo E. Short Romeo E. Short

    Romeo E. Short was born in Illinois, but was raised in Iowa. He graduated from the teachers college in Cedar Falls and then left for Canada where he began farming wheat. World War I interrupted his farming career when he […]

  • R. E. Short, Jr. R. E. Short, Jr.

    R. E. Short, Jr. grew up in Wheatley, Arkansas. His father Romeo Ennis Short and his mother Darlene Shearer Short began the family farm there in 1922, and Romy as he is known by his friends continued this tradition of farming with 2,200 acres of […]

  • Dr. Milo J. Shult Dr. Milo J. Shult

    Dr. Milo Shult concluded 38 years of service to agriculture, first at Texas A&M University, and the final 18 as vice president of agriculture for the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture. Born in Keokuk, Iowa, Shult was raised in […]

  • Mark C. Simmons Mark C. Simmons

    Under Mark Simmons’ leadership and supervision his family company, Simmons Foods, has grown into one of the nation’s largest privately held broiler-processing companies and the largest private-label wet pet food manufacturer in North America. The enterprise has grown from a […]

  • Leonard Sitzer Leonard Sitzer

    With only a 10th-grade education, Leonard Sitzer returned home from a tour of duty with the Army inChina andIndia during World War II to develop one ofPoinsettCounty and northeastArkansas’ most successful rice farming operations. He bought 2,000 acres and developed […]

  • Betty T. Sloan Betty T. Sloan

    Betty Sloan spearheaded the efforts of one ofNortheast Arkansas’ largest farming operations as president and manager of E. Sloan Farms and B&G Land Co., both family-owned corporations. The late Eugene Sloan founded E. Sloan Farms and put together 15,000 acres […]

  • J. Keith Smith J. Keith Smith

    Taking a one-room feed store with an incubator and turning it into a multimillion dollar business, the late J. Keith Smith of Hot Springs, pioneered the development of the broiler industry in southern and eastern Arkansas. Keith Smith Company, Inc. […]

  • Dr. Roy J. Smith Jr. Dr. Roy J. Smith Jr.

    Dr. Roy J. Smith Jr. had a great deal to do with the fact that Arkansas is the number-one state in production of rice in the United States. Reliable sources say that we have had a 50-percent increase in yields over the past 30-40 […]

  • Harold Snyder Harold Snyder

    Harold Snyder of Dardanelle became widely recognized in Arkansas and nationwide for his work in the poultry industry and in economic development for the city of Dardanelle, Yell County and the entire state of Arkansas. Growing up on a Carroll […]

  • J. K. Southerland J. K. Southerland

    J. K. Southerland developed a poultry operation beginning with 12 baby chicks, which he expanded to become the second largest such enterprise in the state. Mr. Sutherland’s business had its beginning in the 1930s on a small mortgaged farm at […]

  • Bob Spears Bob Spears

    Bob Spears is well known for his contributions to the Arkansas dairy industry. Born in Mountainburg (Crawford County), Spears graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1962. After working as a pig buyer for Swift and Co. in Kansas City […]

  • Odie T. Stallcup Odie T. Stallcup

    Odie T. Stallcup was a faculty member at the University of Arkansas for more than 40 years. During World War II Mr. Stallcup served with the 35th Infantry Division in Europe and was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross and […]

  • John Stephens John Stephens

    John Stephens enjoyed a career in agriculture highlighted by many achievements. His vision and ability to sell farmers on the benefits of technology, such as the mechanical cotton picker and anhydrous ammonia, have been invaluable to the state, region and nation. He also played a […]

  • I.L. “Ish” Stivers I.L. “Ish” Stivers

    I.L. “Ish” Stivers taught vocational agriculture for 19 years at Lakeside High School in Hot Springs. He also was agriculture loan officer and vice-president for 18 years at First National Bank in that city. When Mr. Stivers retired from the bank and moved to the […]

  • Leland Stratton Leland Stratton

    In 1948, with no formal agriculture education and very little experience, Leland Stratton and a partner purchased a small seed plant in Stuttgart. Driven by the notion that rice farmers on the Grand Prairie had a need for high-quality seed, […]

  • Howarth Erwin Taylor Howarth Erwin Taylor

    A prisoner of war following the Battle of the Bulge in Germany during World War II, Howarth Taylor began his career as a tenant farmer in Illinois, growing corn and soybeans. In 1950 he moved to Hickory Ridge in Cross […]

  • William F. “Bill” Teeter William F. “Bill” Teeter

    William F. “Bill” Teeter is a cotton farmer also known for his service. He has been director of the National Association of Conservation Districts, and for 31 years was a member of the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, where he […]

  • C. E. “Doc” Toland C. E. “Doc” Toland

    C. E. “Doc” Toland formerly was chairman/CEO of Affiliated Foods Southwest Inc. He built the company into one of the most progressive cooperative whole-sale food distributors in the nation. A chain of grocery stores and super-markets, it has outlets throughout […]

  • Leland Tollett Leland Tollett

    When Leland Tollett joined Tyson Foods, Inc. in 1959 the company was known as Tyson’s Feed and Hatchery, a small Northwest Arkansas broiler business, struggling to grow and process chickens for local consumption. Tollett began his career with the company […]

  • James Feagin Tompkins James Feagin Tompkins

    James Feagin Tompkins was the first President of the modern Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. Mr. Tompkins was born in Bullock County, Alabama on September 28, 1879. He grew up in a farm family and attended Alabama Polytechnic College, where he […]

  • John E. Tull, Jr. John E. Tull, Jr.

    John E. Tull, Jr. has owned and operated a diversified farming operation in his hometown of Lonoke, Arkansas, which produced rice, soybeans, corn, wheat and cattle. Through the years, Mr. Tull has served in every capacity of the Arkansas and National Rice Councils, as president […]

  • Donald John Tyson Donald John Tyson

    Donald John Tyson has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of his family’s business, Tyson Foods, Inc., the number one poultry company in the world. After he began managing Tyson, Inc. in 1960, a model processing plant and one […]

  • John W. Tyson John W. Tyson

    John W. Tyson was President and founder of Tyson Feed and Hatchery, the company that was to become Tyson Foods, the nation’s largest producer of meat products. Any industry that has grown as rapidly as the broiler business was certain […]

  • Marvin Vines Marvin Vines

    Marvin Vines was a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a B.S. degree in agriculture. He served as County Supervisor for the Farmers Home Administration in Lincoln County from 1938 to 1941. He was a County Extension Agent in […]

  • Charles Austin “C. A.” Vines Charles Austin “C. A.” Vines

    Charles Austin “C. A.” Vines was best known throughout the state as the Director of University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, a post he held from 1952 through 1974. Mr. Vines worked in almost every possible capacity within Extension. He […]

  • Bobby R. Wells, Ph.D. Bobby R. Wells, Ph.D.

    Dr. Bobby Wells, former head of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Agronomy Department, was a world-renowned expert on rice production, with a special emphasis on rice nutrition and soil fertility. He was active in cooperative interdisciplinary research […]

  • Collier Wenderoth, Jr. Collier Wenderoth, Jr.

    One of the true pioneers in the Arkansas poultry industry, Collier Wenderoth, Jr. has been instrumental in shaping the poultry business in Arkansas for more than 60 years. Born in Fort Smith and still a resident of the city, Wenderoth […]

  • Andrew Whisenhunt Andrew Whisenhunt

    Andrew Whisenhunt joined the Lafayette County Farm Bureau in 1955 and has continued his connection with Farm Bureau organizations, culminating with his election as president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation in 1986. Before that, he was secretary-treasurer for 10 […]

  • Dr. John W. White Dr. John W. White

    Dr. John W. White was a public servant of agricultural interests in Arkansas for a span of over 39 years. At the University of Arkansas Dr. White served as county agent, research supervisor, instructor, extension specialist, Rice Branch Experiment Station […]

  • Dr. Ralph Williams Dr. Ralph Williams

    Dr. Ralph Williams has spent his career serving Arkansas’ dairy industry, and his contributions have helped keep the industry viable. Perhaps the most notable is his on the numerous ag students at Southern Arkansas University and later at the University […]

  • Donald “Buddy” Wray Donald “Buddy” Wray

    Buddy Wray’s career at Tyson Foods, Inc. began in 1961 as a service technician, serving as a liaison between the company and contract family farmers to ensure their flocks were healthy and growing well. He progressed into management at Tyson’s […]

  • Howard S. Young Howard S. Young

    Howard S. Young has maintained a lifelong interest in cattle improvement. This was true not only of the herd he maintained on his own farm, but also in the herds of others across the state. Mr. Young had a distinguished career as a county […]