6/29/2010 at 12:00 a.m.
LITTLE ROCK — District winners of the 64th annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program have been selected.
The eight district winners will be individually judged and
the state winner will be announced at the Farm Family of the Year
luncheon on Dec. 10 at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little
The district winners are:
Michael and Sarah Oxner of
Searcy (White County) in the East Central District. The Oxners own Red
River Farms where they grow 2,700 acres of rice, 2,100 acres of
soybeans, 300 acres of corn, 280 acres of cotton and 700 acres of
moist soil, millet, and native grasses for wildlife. They have
three children, Mary, Laura, and Paten.
Mark and Nancy Satterfield of
Norfork (Baxter County) in the North Central District. The
Satterfields are registered seed stock producers of Charolais and
Angus cattle with a production herd of 110 cows. The Satterfields
sell semen from most of their bulls and they’ve had champion bulls and
females in both Arkansas and Missouri. They have two
children, Taylor and Justin.
Lammers Farms Partnershiplocated in
Manila (Mississippi County) in the Northeast District.
Lammers Farms Partnership is a family operation with three
generations of farmers. Louis and Carol Lammers, their children
Jeff Lammers and Laura Weiss, and their respective families, are
partners of Lammers Farm. Louis and Carol Lammers also have seven
grandchildren. On 6,662 acres Lammers Farms grows 530 acres of irrigated
upland cotton, 1,072 acres of non-irrigated upland cotton, 2,060
acres of long grain rice, 80 acres of grain sorghum, 1,207 acres
of irrigated soybeans, 742 acres of non-irrigated soybeans and 971
acres dedicated to the Conservation Reserve Program. Lammers
Farms Partnership also owns a grain storage facility in
Blytheville that is currently leased to Riceland.
Randy and Anjie Cockrum of Rudy (Crawford County) in the Northwest District. Randy
and Anjie Cockrum have 578 acres, 400 of which produce hay. They
also have 160 cow/calf pairs and a meat processing operation. When
calf prices are low the Cockrums market their calves as beef
through their processing operation. They have three children,
Siera, Tyler and Shelby.
Curt and Ellen Rankin of Lake
Village (Chicot County) in the Southeast District. The Rankin’s
farm consists of 500 acres of corn, 1,950 acres of irrigated
soybeans and 150 acres of non-irrigated soybeans. They have two
children, Seth and Jacob.
Darrell and Jennifer Ford of
Hope (Hempstead County) in the Southwest District. The Fords graze
about 700 yearling calves per year. The cattle-grazing operation
also provides pasture for outside farmers. The Fords own 100 cows and
about 25 percent of the calves they graze. The Fords also co-own
the Hope Livestock Auction, which sells roughly 45,000 head of
cattle each year. They have four children, Kade, Kylan, Grace and
Jeremy and Leslie Allmon of
Murfreesboro (Pike County) in the West Central District. The
Allmons have 103 cows, 92 calves, 35 heifers, two bulls, two
poultry laying houses containing approximately 28,400 hens and 100 acres
of hay on their 420 acre operation. They have one child, Holden,
who is 2.
Larry and Marilyn Huddleston
of Waldron (Scott County) in the Western District. The
Huddlestons run 100 cows, 700 stocker calves and produce hay on
1,340 acres. They have two children, Hannah and Cole.
The Farm Family of the Year program begins each year with
selection of top farm families in each county and culminates in December
with selection of the state Farm Family of the Year. County, district
and state winners all are judged on their farm production, efficiency,
management, family life and rural/community leadership.
Sponsors of the Farm Family of the Year program are Arkansas
Farm Bureau, the Arkansas Press Association, the Electric Cooperatives
of Arkansas and the three Farm Credit agencies that serve Arkansas,
AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas and
Midsouth Farm Credit. Support for the program is provided by the
Arkansas Department of Career Education, University of Arkansas
Division of Agriculture and the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Natural
Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development.
Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy
organization of more than 220,000 families throughout the state working
to improve farm and rural life.
For more information contact:
Box 31, Little Rock 72203
Box 31, Little Rock 72203