A Faulkner County man was honored posthumously during the 2018 Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame luncheon.
Adam McClung of Vilonia, who was 37 when died in August, was one of six people inducted into the 31st class Hall of Fame.
“[These] leaders have given selflessly to the farm industry, their communities and to economic development in the state,” Chairman Butch Calhoun said.
McClung served as executive vice president of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association for nearly eight years, from 2009-2017.
“[He generated] membership growth over that span and [created] the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Class, designed to develop leadership skills for tomorrow’s agricultural leaders,” program officials said. “More than 100 have graduated from the program, positively impacting Arkansas agriculture.”
He previously served as the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association membership director for two years before turning his attention to promoting legislation exempting income from agriculture disaster payments from state taxes.
“The legislation was passed and signed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, giving agriculture producers a hand up from disaster,” officials said. “His relentless efforts to bring positive change to the beef industry, and all of agriculture, spurred the White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to recognize him in 2014 as one of 15 Champions of Change from across the country.”
Other inductees included Ford Baldwin, William C. "Bill" Bridgforth, Dr. Lew E. Brinkley, John Reuben Clark and Peggy Clark.