A family living in Figure Five are competing to be the Arkansas farm family of the year.
Chosen as the Crawford County farm family, Brad Hall, his wife Haley and their children Hadleigh, 6, and Aniston, 3, own and operate about 1,200 acres in both Figure Five and Uniontown and lease another 300.
Brad Hall runs about 700 head of cattle on the two properties, and his family has been farming the land for several generations, he said.
"We’ve been on that farm in Figure Five since 1880," Brad Hall said. "My kids are the fifth generation to live there."
Brad Hall’s family started out as produce and cotton farmers, he said, but after his grandfather made a lucrative deal involving cattle the family turned to livestock.
Brad Hall, the son of Crawford County Judge John Hall, was helping his father on the farm from a young age, he said.
"I have been farming for as long as I can remember, from completing chores as a small child to raking full time on a tractor by the age of 12," Brad Hall said. "My first major project on my own was purchasing a center pivot to irrigate a truck patch produce to help pay for my college education. After completing my college degree, I decided to buy my first set of heifers and have been expanding ever since."
John Hall and his wife Sue Hall were the 1980 Crawford County farm family of the year.
While Haley Hall did not grow up with farming, she embraced it after meeting her husband, she said.
"We didn’t have any kind of farm life until I met Brad. There’s a lot of peace to it, but it’s also very challenging - you hit the ground running every day," Haley Hall said.
The couple’s two daughters also take part in farm duties.
Hadleigh helps to feed the cows, bottle feed calves, check the livestock with her father and tend the garden with her mother, Brad said. Little Aniston also like to go with her father to check the livestock, he said.
Both Brad and Haley Hall are highly active in the community.Brad Hall has been an election official, a member of the Crawford County Farm Bureau board, Crawford County Farm Bureau president, a member of the Crawford County Cattleman’s Association board, and coaches Little League baseball and basketball.
Brad Hall also is a Leadership Crawford County graduate and has met with a number of international heads of state on topics relating to agriculture.
Haley Hall has spoke publicly against the Plains and Eastern Clean Line transmission line project. She also has coached Little League T-ball and organized fundraisers for youth projects.
The family also own a storage facility and car wash in Van Buren, and Haley Hall works as a registered nurse.
As representatives of Crawford County, the Hall family is competing against 73 other county farm families for the Arkansas farm family of the year.
County winners will be judged June 6-8 to determine the eight district winners, which will be announced June 14.
Arkansas’ Northwest District is made up of Benton, Boone, Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Madison, Newton, Sebastian and Washington counties - though the Sebastian County family has dropped out of the competition due to illness.
District winners will be judged July 11-14 to determine a state winner, which will be announced Dec. 8 at the farm family of the year luncheon at the Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock.
The Arkansas farm family of the year will represent the state at the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year.
A committee made up of representatives of Crawford County Farm Bureau and the Cooperative Extension Service selected the Halls as this year’s farm family.
All winners are judged on their farm production, efficiency, management, family life, and rural and community leadership, according to a media release from the Arkansas Farm Bureau.