Crawford County’s farm family of the year has been named by the county judging committee.
Brad and Haley Hall of Rudy, along with their daughters Hadleigh, 5, and Aniston, 3, were announced as the Crawford County winners for the 69th annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program.
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. The two organizations are chief sponsors of the program in Crawford County, said James McGhee, Crawford County Farm Family committee chairman.
"Brad Hall has a real nice farming operation just north of Van Buren, and we selected him because of his involvement in farming," McGhee said.
Committee members look for families with a great deal of involvement in farming throughout the area to consider for the program, but such families are "getting harder to find," McGhee said.
Brad Hall and his family raise beef cattle on 1,500 acres that have been in their family since 1880. The family also own a storage facility and car wash in Van Buren, and Haley Hall works as a registered nurse.
"Brad also has served as past president of the Farm Bureau, and he was great in that capacity," McGhee said.
Crawford County Judge John Hall and his wife Sue Hall, Brad’s parents, were the 1980 Crawford County farm family of the year. John Hall and his father, Brad Hall’s grandfather, both were very active in the farming community, McGhee said.
As representatives of Crawford County, the Halls join 74 other county farm families in vying for district and state recognition as 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. The Northwest District is made up of Benton, Boone, Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Madison, Newton, Sebastian and Washington counties.
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.
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.