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Top young farmers, ranchers named

Achievement Award finalists announced at mid-summer conference

7/24/2013 at 12:00 a.m.

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Finalists for the 2013 Arkansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Achievement Award were announced recently at the organization’s Officers & Leaders Conference in Hot Springs.

  • Chris and Alechia Meador of Green Forest (Carroll County) have a farming operation that consists of six chicken houses and 100 head of beef cattle. They have three children: Mason, 6, Jace, 4, and Cole, 2.
  • Scott and Cassie Davis of Prairie Grove (Washington County) own Davis Riverview Farms, a 160-head Holstein dairy operation on 450 acres. They have two daughters: Lily, 7, and Ella, 1.
  • Kris and Meredith Baker of Sherrill (Jefferson County) grow corn, soybeans, rice and wheat on 3,000 acres. 
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. They are judged on a combination of: farming operation growth and financial progress; leadership within and outside Farm Bureau; excellence in operation management and scope; and self-initiative displayed throughout the development of their operation.
The winning couple will be announced at Arkansas Farm Bureau’s annual convention Dec. 4-6 in Little Rock. They will receive a $35,000 GM gift card, which can be used toward the purchase of any GM vehicle at Stanley Wood Chevrolet in Batesville. The winners also get an expense-paid trip to the 2014 American Farm Bureau Federation convention in January in San Antonio. There, they will compete with YF&R Achievement Award winners from the other 49 states and Puerto Rico.

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