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Farm Bureau honors young farmers/ranchers

Recognition for farmers and ranchers 18-35

11/29/2012 at 12:00 a.m.


HOT SPRINGS – Dan and Mikki Hosman of Jonesboro (Craighead County) are winners of Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 2012 Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award. Farm Bureau honored the couple Nov. 29 at its 78th Annual Convention at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Dan is a fifth-generation farmer who farms 11,000 acres of primarily rice, along with milo and soybeans, and runs a land leveling business. The business builds landfills, football and baseball fields, as well as commercial and residential projects.

The Hosmans have four sons, Cade, 14; Rhett, 10; Hudson, 7; and Wyn, 2.

“We primarily work on our own ground, developing farms for maximum production and efficiency,” Dan said. “Early in my career, I knew I had to not only have irrigated land but to efficiently maintain that irrigation. I’m constantly looking to improve drainage and irrigation.”

The Hosmans won a 2013 Chevy Silvarado 1500 crew cab, 4X4 LTZ pickup truck courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Company.

The runners-up in the competition were Nick and Karen Steele, who raise poultry and cattle near Sulphur Rock (Independence County) and Scott and Cassie Davis of Prairie Grove (Washington County). Each couple won $1,000.

Cody Gray of Hempstead County won the YF&R Discussion Meet. Gray is an agriculture teacher in the Emerson-Taylor school system. The discussion 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 17 competitors in the Discussion Meet.

Gray won a Kawasaki 550 Mule and the use of a new front-wheel assist Kubota tractor with a front-end loader for one year.
Honors also went to Caleb and Brianna Plyler of Hempstead County. The Plylers won the Excellence in Agriculture award. The award recognizes young farmers involved in agriculture but who get the majority of income off the farm.

Caleb, 32, and Brianna, 29, run a registered Charlaois and Angus beef cattle operation. Off the farm, Caleb is a vocational agriculture instructor at Blevins High School. Brianna is an x-ray technician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Texarkana.

The Plylers have a 2-year-old son, Huck.

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 John Deere Inc.

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


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Dan and Mikki Hosman of Jonesboro won the 2012 Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award at Arkansas Farm Bureau's 78th Annual Convention on Nov. 29 in Hot Springs, making them the organization's top young farm family. Randy Veach (left), Arkansas Farm Bureau president, presented the award to the couple and their four children: Cade, 14, Rhett, 10, Hudson, 7, and Wyn, 2. The Achievement Award recognizes farmers and ranchers, 18 to 35 years old, who demonstrate leadership in farming and their communities. The Hosmans farm rice, milo and soybeans on several thousand acres in surrounding counties. They also operate a construction company that specializes in custom land leveling. For their efforts, they won a Chevrolet Quad-Cab 1500 four-wheel-drive pickup truck and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention in Nashville, where they will compete nationally.


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Cody Gray of Hempstead County won the 2012 Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet at Arkansas Farm Bureau's 78th Annual Convention on Nov. 28 in Hot Springs. The Discussion Meet is a competitive event designed to stimulate conversation between participants on pre-determined agricultural topics, judging their ability to formulate conclusions and think extemporaneously. For his efforts, Gray won a Kawasaki 500 Mule and the use of a Kubota tractor for one year. Gray is a vocational agriculture teacher for Emerson-Taylor schools.


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Caleb and Brianna Plyler of Hope won the 2012 Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award at Arkansas Farm Bureau's 78th Annual Convention on Nov. 29 in Hot Springs. Randy Veach (right), Arkansas Farm Bureau president, presented the award to the couple. The Excellence in Agriculture Award was created to recognize Farm Bureau members, 18 to 35 years of age, who are engaged in agricultural activities but derive a majority of their income from non-agricultural sources. Participants are judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability and involvement in Farm Bureau and other organizations. The Plylers run a registered Charolais and Angus beef cattle operation. Off the farm, Caleb is a vocational agriculture instructor at Blevins High School. Brianna is an X-Ray technician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Texarkana. For their achievement, the Plylers won a John Deere Gator utility vehicle, a John Deere riding lawnmower and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention in Nashville, where they will compete nationally.


Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 200,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

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For more information contact:

Steve Eddington
(501) 228-1383
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

or

Gregg Patterson
(501) 228-1282
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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