District Farm Families Of The Year Named

Farm Family Of The Year

The eight district winners in the 71st annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected, representing the diversity of Arkansas agriculture, the state’s largest industry.

Among the district winners are: Lonoke County’s Chris and Judy Isbell, of England, in the East Central District. The family raises rice on 3,000 acres. The Isbell’s rice production focuses on a variety of rice grown specifically for the making of sake. They have two children, Whitney and Mark; Van Buren County’s Jared and Lacey Standridge, of Dennard, in the North Central District. The Standridges operate Hartsugg Cattle Company where they raise longhorn cattle for lease, beef cattle and show cattle. They have three children, Sydney, Sam and Shelby; and Conway County’s Travis and Valerie Sims, of Center Ridge, in the Western District. Travis and Valerie have four broiler houses and raise an average of 594,000 birds per year for Tyson. They also raise cattle. The Sims have two children, Will and Cordell.

The district winners will be judged next month to determine a state winner to be announced December 6th at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon in North Little Rock.   MORE

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