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Arkansas Ag Hall of Fame seeks nominations for next class

September 19, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

Special to the Banner-News

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations from the public for its next class. The nomination deadline is Nov. 1.

The Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes Arkansans who have contributed significantly to the state's largest industry while spotlighting their contributions to the state's economic development.

Since its first class was selected in 1987, a total of 176 men and women have been inducted.

Debbie Moreland, chairman of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame, says anyone can nominate a person believed worthy of the honor.

"Agriculture is a very clear example of the heart and soul of the state of Arkansas," said Moreland, program administrator for the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts and a member of a farm family in Pulaski County. "Our farmers and ranchers drive the state's strongest economic engine.

"Agriculture is the largest business sector in the state, sustaining more than 235,000 jobs and accounting for almost $21 billion in value added to the Arkansas economy.

"The sole purpose of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is to honor worthy individuals who have made an impact on agriculture, our state's largest industry."

The nomination forms are available at nomination-form/. Forms can also be requested by calling 501-228-1609.

The nomination form provides space to provide the principal justification for a candidate's nomination, a summary of the nominee's contributions to agriculture and their community, a record of their professional experiences and their involvement in public service and support of agriculture.

The induction ceremony for the next class of honorees will be held March 1 at the DoubleTree in Little Rock.

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