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Ashdown’s Davis named finalist for Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture Award

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Updated: May 4, 2018

Special to the Little River News

The finalists in Arkansas Farm Bureau’s annual Excellence in Agriculture Award have been announced. The awards honor young farmers and ranchers between the ages of 18-35 for the general excellence of their operations, their hard work and innovation.

The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who actively contribute to and grow through their involvement in agriculture and Farm Bureau. The award is designed for an individual or couple who do not earn the majority of their income through farming.

The 2018 Excellence in Agriculture Award finalists are:

– Tyler E. Davis of Ashdown: Davis, market president for Diamond Bank, grew up on a cattle and row crop farm in Little River County. He operates a purebred Charolais and commercial cattle farm and raises show pigs for sale.

– Michael and Lauren Lee of Conway – The Lee’s cattle business is a cow/calf operation that focuses on marketing beef directly to the consumer. Lauren is a financial consultant and Michael manages his family’s farm. They have two children, Mary Elliott and Adelaide Grace.

– Jared and Michelle Pass of Hartford – The Pass family owns and operates Pass Farms and Mountain View Ranch, a 200-acre farm where they raise cattle horses, chickens, goats and grow hay. Jared is a production supervisor for Simmons Foods and Michelle is a licensed therapist. They have two sons, Brody and Blaine, and one daughter, Bristol.

The winner of the Excellence in Agriculture Award will receive $11,000 cash prize and a trip to the 2019 American Farm Bureau Convention to compete for the national award. Two runners-up will receive $1,500.

The winners of the state awards will be announced at the organization’s annual Officers & Leaders Conference at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, July 23-24.