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Farm Bureau honors young farm/ranch families

Recognition for farmers and ranchers 18-35

12/2/2010 at 12:00 a.m.


HOT SPRINGS — Brian and Elizabeth Walker of Horatio (Sevier County) are winners of Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 2010 Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award. Farm Bureau honored the couple Dec. 2 at its 76th Annual Convention at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

They own Lucky 13 Farm, an operation on 480 acres that includes 10 broiler houses, as well as cow/calf and feeder calf operations. Brian presently is vice president on the Sevier County Farm Bureau board of directors, and he and Elizabeth are co-chairman and co-chairwoman of the county YF&R among numerous other community endeavors.

The Walkers have a daughter, Reese, 4, and a son, Rhett, 2.

The Walkers won a 2011 Chevrolet 1500 quad cab, 4X4 pickup truck courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Company.

The runners-up in the competition were Josh and Melissa Cureton of Cash (Craighead County), who produce rice and soybeans; and Jeremy and Magen Allen of Bismarck (Hot Spring County). Each couple won $1,000.

Robby Bevis of Lonoke (Lonoke County), won the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet. The meet provides a forum for young farm leaders to demonstrate their verbal and problem-solving presentation skills while they discuss their views on issues affecting agriculture. There were 15 competitors.

Bevis, of Lonoke, won a Kawasaki Mule and the use of a new front-wheel assist Kubota tractor with a front-end loader for one year. Bevis row crop farms and has cattle.

Honors also went to Chris and Alechia Meador. The Meadors won the Excellence in Agriculture award. The award recognizes young farmers involved in agriculture but who get the majority of income off the farm.

The Meadors own a poultry and cattle farm at Green Forest (Carroll County) known as Meador Manor. It includes six broiler houses and a 100-head commercial cow/calf operation. Off farm, Chris works as a grower consultant for Tyson, where he supervises 35 broiler farms. Alechia is a certified public accountant and provides tax preparation, payroll, bookkeeping and financial planning services.

Their prize is a John Deere Gator, courtesy of Western Arkansas Farm Credit, Ag Heritage Farm Credit, Farm Credit Mid South and Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company. They also got a John Deere lawn tractor courtesy of Arkansas John Deere dealers and John Deere Inc.

The Meadors have two sons, Mason, 4 and Jace, 2.

All winners also earned expense-paid trips to the American Farm Bureau Federation national conference in Atlanta next month, where they’ll compete for national awards.

 

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(Left to right) Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach awards Brian, Elizabeth and 4-year-old Reese Walker with the Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award. The Walker's live in Horatio.

 

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Robby Bevis of Lonoke won the 2010 Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet at Farm Bureau's 2010 Annual Conference in Hot Springs.

 

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Chris and Alechia Meador of Green Forest won the 2010 Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture award. They are pictured here on the John Deere lawn tractor they won with their sons Mason and Jace.

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of almost 220,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

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For more information contact:

Steve Eddington
steve.eddington@arfb.com
(501) 228-1383
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

or

Gregg Patterson
gregg.patterson@arfb.com
(501) 228-1282
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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