LITTLE ROCK — Eight Arkansas families have been named district winners in the 70th annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program, the Arkansas Farm Bureau said Monday.
The district winners will now be judged to determine a state winner to be announced Dec. 7 at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.
The district winners are:
— Chris and Heather Tharp of Floral in Independence County. The Tharps operate on 850 acres and have a cow-calf operation, broiler houses and a commercial litter service. They have five children, Colton, Ainsley, Kylie, Lily and Reese.
— Gittlein Farms of Maysville in Benton County. Garrett and Amanda Gittlein have a custom haying and spraying service and they raise registered Black Angus cattle. Their operation also includes litter spreading and litter house cleanout. The Gittleins have two children, Mason and Colson.
— Eddie and Annette Wray of Trumann om Poinsett County. Eddie and Annette have a diversified crop operation, raising soybeans, cotton, rice and corn. They have four children, Jamie, Stephen, Ashley and James.
— Brandon and Jessica Chapman of Scott in Pulaski County. The family raises soybeans, watermelon, tomatoes and cantaloupes. Their operation also includes an attraction called Scott Pumpkin Patch. The Chapmans have two children, Raylei and Brantley.
— Cedar Corner Farm of Stuttgart in Arkansas County. Jason Smith and Chris Dickson are partners in Cedar Corner Farms. They raise 2,689 acres of rice, soybeans and wheat. Smith and his wife Cheryl have two children, Jaycie and Jonathan. Dickson and his wife, DeAnne, have two daughters, Kaylee and Dee.
— Rocking CK Farms of Garland in Miller County. Chase and Krystal Groves of Rocking CK Farms raise 360 acres of soybeans and corn. Their operation also includes custom grazing, registered and commercial cattle and pecans. The Groves have two children, Gentry and Cash.
— Luke and DeeDee Alston of Mena in Polk County. The Alston family has a diversified operation ranging from strawberries and sweet corn, to cattle, broiler houses and even honeybees. They also have a six-acre corn maze. The Alstons have two children, Ryan and Drey.
— Will and Sidney Bailey of De Queen in Sevier County. The Baileys have a hay operation, a cow/calf operation and raise broilers. They have two children, Lynnlee and Benjamin.
Contestants are judged on their farm production, efficiency, management, family life and rural/community leadership.