8/30/2012 at 12:00 a.m.
LITTLE ROCK — Finalists for the 2012 Arkansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Achievement Award were announced recently at the organization’s YF&R Leadership Conference in Little Rock.
Scott and Cassie Davis of Prairie Grove (Washington County) have 223 head of Holstein dairy cows and heifers, 80 head of beef cows and grow Bermuda hay, wheat and rye silage, and sorghum silage on 650 acres. They have two daughters, Lily, 6, and Ella, 8 months.
Dan and Mikki Hosman of Jonesboro (Craighead County) farm rice, milo and soybeans on several thousand acres in surrounding counties. They also operate a construction company that specializes in custom land leveling. They have four children: Cade, 13, Rhett, 10, Hudson, 6, and Wyn, 2.
Nicholas and Karen Steele of Sulphur Rock (Independence County) have a diverse ranching/livestock program that includes 175 head of cows and calves, four poultry houses that produce 130,000 chickens each year, custom livestock breeding and poultry litter sales. Their son Harley is three years old.
Arkansas Farm Bureau’s YF&R Achievement Award recognizes farmers and ranchers age 18 to 35 for exemplary effort in farming and ranching, leadership and community involvement. The winning couple will be announced at Arkansas Farm Bureau’s annual convention Nov. 28-30 in Hot Springs. They will receive a Chevrolet Quad-Cab 1500 four-wheel-drive pickup truck. The winners also get an expense-paid trip to the 2013 American Farm Bureau Federation convention in January in Nashville, Tenn. There, they will compete with YF&R Achievement Award winners from the other 49 states and Puerto Rico.
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Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 210,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.
Finalists for the 2012 Arkansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award are (left to right): Scott and Cassie Davis of Prairie Grove (Washington County), Nicholas and Karen Steele of Sulphur Rock (Independence County) and Dan and Mikki Hosman of Jonesboro (Craighead County).
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