County winners for the 71st annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected. The Logan County family selected is the Mark Snow family of Subiaco.
The family farms on 250 acres near Scranton. Their farming operation consists of nine chicken house and an extensive hay producing operation. Family members are Mark Snow, his wife Lana and sons Brett and wife Katrina, Bryan and wife Blair and a grandson, Bradley.
The nine chicken houses produce 190,000 chickens at a time which are grown for Tyson. The hay operation produces between 4,000 and 5,000 round bales and an equal number of square bales a year. Mark Snow said he sells the square bales to Atwoods locations in Russellville and Clarksville.
The hay is grown on 200 acres of the farm and Snow rents another 500 acres. He inherited a portion of the farm from his grandfather and gradually added acres so that now the farm consists of his grandfather’s original holdings. Mark and his wife live in a home more than 100 years old that his grandfather acquired in the 1950s. Lana Snow is a substitute teacher in the Scranton School District.
“I got to keep all of grandpaw’s place together,” Snow said. “I’m really honored by this. I was really shocked when they called to tell me. I told them I didn’t deserve this.”
The county winners will be visited by a set of judges to determine the eight district winners, to be announced June 20. They will be visited again by a different set of judges in July to determine a state winner, which will be announced Dec. 6 at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon in North Little Rock.
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. Arkansas has had two overall winners, Brian and Nan Kirksey of Clark County in 2008 and Wildy Family Farms of Mississippi County in 2016. All winners are judged on their farm production, efficiency, management, family life and rural and community leadership.