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Farm Bureau honors young farmers

Recognition for farmers and ranchers 18-35

12/5/2013 at 5:15 p.m.


LITTLE ROCK – Scott and Cassie Davis of Prairie Grove (Washington County) are winners of Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 2013 Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award. Farm Bureau honored the couple Dec. 5 at its 79th Annual Convention at the Marriott Hotel and Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Scott, 34, is a second-generation dairy farmer who has 275 cows on 450 acres. The Davises have two daughters, Lily, 7, and Ella, 1.

Cassie, 30, accepted the award for the family. Scott remained on the farm because of the impending winter storm.

“Scott grew up doing this. It’s in his blood,” Cassie said. “It’s a huge passion for him. I love him, and I love our family, so I’m going to love what he loves. He works extremely hard. He puts his whole heart and soul into dairying and into his family.”

Cassie is chairwoman of the Washington County Farm Bureau and was part of the graduating class of the initial Arkansas Farm Bureau President’s Leadership Council. The Davises won a $35,000 GM gift card to use toward the purchase of a new GM vehicle courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Company. They also receive an expense-paid trip to San Antonio

The runners-up in the competition were Chris and Alechia Meador, who raise poultry and cattle near Green Forest (Carroll County) and row crop farmers Kris and Meredith Baker of Sherrill (Jefferson County). Each couple won $1,000. 

Leigh Helms of Conway won the YF&R Discussion Meet. Helms is a family and consumer sciences extension agent in Faulkner County and raises horses. 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.

Helms won a $6,500 toward the purchase of an ATV/UTV compliments of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company and the use of a new Kubota tractor with a front-end loader for one year.

Honors also went to Stephen and Amanda Matthews of Clinton (Van Buren County). The couple won the Excellence in Agriculture award. The award recognizes young farmers involved in agriculture but who get the majority of income off the farm.

They also raise show pigs. Off the farm, Stephen is a vocational agriculture instructor for Shirley School District. Amanda is a stay-at-home mom who is active in 4-H.

The couple has four children Brily, 12, Lanie, 9, Wyatt, 6, and Cord, 3.

Their prize is an 825 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 San Antonio, in January, where they’ll compete for national awards.

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Scott and Cassie Davis of Prairie Grove won the 2013 Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award at Arkansas Farm Bureau's 79th Annual Convention on Dec. 5 in Little Rock, making them the organization's top young farm family. Randy Veach, Arkansas Farm Bureau president, presented the award to Cassie. The Achievement Award recognizes farmers and ranchers, 18 to 35 years old, who demonstrate leadership in farming and their communities. The Davises have 275 cows on a 450-acre dairy in Washington County. They have two daughters, Lily, 7, and one-year-old Ella. For their efforts, they win a $35,000 credit toward a GM vehicle of their choice, courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company, and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention in San Antonio, where they will compete nationally.

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Stephen and Amanda Matthews of Clinton won the 2013 Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award at Arkansas Farm Bureau's 79th Annual Convention on Dec. 5 in Little Rock. 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 Matthewses raise cattle, stocker calves and exhibition pigs. The couple has four children: Brily, 12, Lanie, 9, Wyatt, 6, and Cord, 3. Stephen is the vocational agriculture instructor for Shirley School District. For their achievement, the Matthewses will receive a John Deere lawnmower, courtesy of John Deere Inc. and Arkansas John Deere dealers, and a John Deere 4X4 Gator, provided by Farm Credit and Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. of Arkansas, Inc. They will also represent Arkansas at the national contest in San Antonio.

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Leigh Helms of Conway (left) won the 2013 Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet at Arkansas Farm Bureau's 79th Annual Convention on Dec. 4 in Little Rock. She is a horse farmer and a Family & Consumer Sciences agent with the Faulkner County Cooperative Extension Service. 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 her efforts, Helms will receive use of a Kubota tractor with front-wheel assist and loader for one year, courtesy of Kubota, and $6,500 toward the purchase of an ATV/UTV of her choice, compliments of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company. She also receives an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention in San Antonio to compete in the national discussion meet.

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 192,000 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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