County winners for the 69th annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected. Jim and Dina Hubbard of Marvell, owners of Double H Farms have been named Phillips County's representatives.

County winners for the 69th annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected. Jim and Dina Hubbard of Marvell, owners of Double H Farms have been named Phillips County’s representatives.

The county winners will be judged June 6-8 to determine the eight district winners. The district winners will be announced June 14. They will be judged again by a different set of judges July 11-14 to determine a state winner, which will be announced Dec. 8 at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon.

“I share the excitement of each of these families being recognized as their county Farm Family of the Year,” said Randy Veach, president, Arkansas Farm Bureau. “They are great examples of the work that makes Arkansas agriculture the most significant and meaningful industry in Arkansas.

“These families represent the pillars of our state. Congratulations to each of them on this recognition and we share our thanks to all those who have helped them succeed.”

“The Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. The success and longevity of this program has only been possible because of our sponsors and partners,” said Mollie Dykes, coordinator, Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program. “We’re honored to work with such great families who work tirelessly to provide our growing world with food, fiber and shelter.”

The Farm Family of the Year program begins each year with the selection of top farm families in each county and culminates in December with the selection of the state Farm Family of the Year who will then go on to represent Arkansas 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/community leadership.

Sponsors of the Farm Family of the Year program are Arkansas Farm Bureau, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and the three Farm Credit agencies that serve Arkansas; AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas and Midsouth Farm Credit. Additionally, support for the program is provided by the Arkansas Department of Career Education, Arkansas Press Association, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development.