Andy Gill Arkansas

ANDY GILL NAMED 2014 ARKANSAS FARMER OF THE YEAR

Corn and soybeans make high yields for Andy Gill of McGehee, Ark. He farms productive flat bottomlands in the Arkansas Delta, close to where the Arkansas River flows into the Mississippi River. Using furrow irrigation, Gill’s yields are impressive. Last year, he produced 220 bushels of corn per acre from 1,972 acres and 82 bushels [...]

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Danny Murphy Mississippi

DANNY MURPHY NAMED 2014 MISSISSIPPI FARMER OF THE YEAR

A national soybean leader, Danny Murphy of Canton, Miss., is a successful row crop farmer who gives back to the industry that has treated him so well. He has never been too busy to get involved in commodity and community organizations. A farmer for 41 years, Murphy farms 1,600 acres, including 980 acres of rented [...]

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Dennis Carlton Florida

C. DENNIS CARLTON NAMED 2014 FLORIDA FARMER OF THE YEAR

Cattle rancher, citrus grower and real estate investor C. Dennis Carlton has made a big impact in the city of Tampa and nearby parts of Florida. A rancher for 40 years, his farming interests include more than 35,000 acres, of which 30,082 acres are rented and some 5,368 acres are owned. As a result of [...]

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Frank Howey North Carolina

FRANK HOWEY JR. NAMED 2014 NORTH CAROLINA FARMER OF THE YEAR

As urban growth near Charlotte has expanded, the farm of Frank Howey Jr., has grown at an equal rate. In 32 years of farming, Howey from Monroe, N.C., has become one of the largest farmers in the area and state. He specializes in row crops, wheat, soybeans and corn, and has a small cattle herd. [...]

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John Keller Tennessee

JOHN KELLER NAMED 2014 TENNESSEE FARMER OF THE YEAR

A farmer for 50 years, John Keller of Maryville, Tenn., has long been close to the land he farms in the shade of the scenic Great Smoky Mountains. He farms about 788 acres, including 226 acres of rented land and 562 acres of family-owned land. His crops include corn, soybeans, wheat, rye, hay and pasture. [...]

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Philip Grimes Georgia

PHILIP GRIMES NAMED 2014 GEORGIA FARMER OF THE YEAR

A meticulous, high-yield crop farmer, Philip Grimes of Tifton, Ga., is admired as one of the best farmers in South Georgia. He has been recognized on the state level for producing high peanut yields for more than 20 consecutive years. A conservation farmer, he uses cover crops and has installed grassed waterways, terraces, and ponds [...]

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Phillip Hunter Alabama

PHILLIP HUNTER NAMED 2014 ALABAMA FARMER OF THE YEAR

Drive through Nashville or Birmingham and see the upscale offices and residential complexes. Chances are, the trees landscaping these properties came from the farm of Phillip Hunter. He grew up as a city boy and now lives in Birmingham. He raises shade, evergreen and ornamental trees at the Hunter Trees, LLC nursery in Talladega County. [...]

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Ray Allan Mackey Kentucky

RAY ALLAN MACKEY NAMED 2014 KENTUCKY FARMER OF THE YEAR

Diversified livestock and crop farming at Meadow View Farms have been profitable over many years for Ray Allan Mackey, a 28-year farming veteran from Elizabethtown, Ky. Mackey farms 4,535 acres, of which 1,350 acres are rented and 3,185 acres are owned. He is known for growing corn, soybeans, burley tobacco, hogs and beef cattle. As [...]

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Tom Nixon Virginia

ROBERT T. “TOM” NIXON II NAMED 2014 VIRGINIA FARMER OF THE YEAR

Beef cattle, turkeys and row crops are major enterprises at scenic Glenmary Farm overlooking the Rapidan River near Rapidan, Va. Robert T. “Tom” Nixon II, who owns this farm, is focused on flexibility in growing and marketing cattle and crops. For instance, he harvests corn as a cash crop or silage, depending on prices for [...]

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Walter Dantzler South Carolina

WALTER DANTZLER NAMED 2014 SOUTH CAROLINA FARMER OF THE YEAR

Walter Dantzler of Santee, S.C., is a Vietnam War veteran who sincerely appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the heritage of his multigenerational farm. A farmer for 45 years, Dantzler farms 4,487 acres. This includes 2,626 acres of rented land and 1,861 acres of owned land. He farms 3,975 acres of cultivated land and has [...]

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