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For Immediate Release

Mark Bryles to be inducted into Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame

2/10/2010 at 12:00 a.m.


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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 Extension Service, he initiated on-farm demonstrations during the 1980s and promoted supplemental irrigation to stabilize crop yields at a higher level. Cotton acreage increased from 34,500 acres in 1983 to more than 200,000 acres in 1997. Yields nearly tripled during the period.

Bryles also helped establish rice as a major crop in the county and was the first recipient of Rice Farming magazine’s County Agent of the Year award. His career with Extension spanned 35 years with the last 22 in Mississippi County. Following retirement from the Division of Agriculture in 1990 he became a consultant for Adams Land Company. Bryles has been an active member of Mississippi County Farm Bureau for many years and is a past president of the organization. An outspoken advocate for agriculture, he continues to lead the county Farm Bureau’s promotional effort as Federation Manager. He was also instrumental in the writing and publication of, “The History of Mississippi County Farm Bureau: 1934 – 1994,” a historical perspective of the first county Farm Bureau in Arkansas.

Bryles has received numerous awards and recognition for his efforts. These include being a three-time recipient of the Cooperative Extension Service’s Superior Achievement Award; State and National Association of County Agricultural Agents Distinguished Service Award; and University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture Outstanding Alumnus Award.

He has served on a number of industry and civic organizations including president of the Arkansas County Agents Association, three years as secretary of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, member of the Arkansas Cotton Growers and 4-H Foundation board of directors, and as current president of the Osceola Rotary Club.

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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:

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

or

Ken Moore
ken.moore@arfb.com
(501) 228-1512
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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