Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame to Add 5 Members

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 10:41 am   2 min read

The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame will induct five people whose leadership and service have brought distinction to the state's largest business sector.

The newest class is:

  • Former professor L.B. (Bernie) Daniels of Fayetteville, who retired in 2001 from the University of Arkansas and has a decade of service as associate director of the Agricultural Experiment Station in Fayetteville. He aided in the development of the Food Safety Consortium between the UA, Iowa State University and Kansas State University. Daniels attended Southern State College, now known as Southern Arkansas University, in Magnolia. He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Arkansas and a PhD from the University of Missouri.
  • Ed Fryar of Rogers, the founder of Ozark Mountain Poultry, which was acquired by George's Inc. of Springdale last year. He started OMP in 2000, after working for 13 years as a professor of agricultural economics at the UA. The business, which provides antibiotic-free and non-GMO chicken products, has grown to more than 1,800 employees, processing more than 1.2 million chickens per week and more than $280 million in annual sales. Fryar holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the UA and a PhD from the University of Minnesota.
  • UA professor Donna Graham of Fayetteville, who has spent almost 50 years with the UA System, starting at the Cooperative Extension Service in Jefferson County. She has served on the faculty of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences, as associate dean for academic programs and as southern regional director of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. Graham helped create Ag*Idea, a consortium of 12 universities that will share agriculture courses online. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the UA and a PhD from the University of Maryland.
  • UA distinguished professor Terry Siebenmorgen of Fayetteville, who also serves as director of the UA Rice Processing Program, which he started in 1994. The ARPP has sponsors from across the United States, South America, Europe and Japan. Among his many industry awards are being selected as Riceland Foods' Friend of the Farmer in 2012 and receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Rice Technical Working Group in 2016. Siebenmorgen holds an undergraduate degree in agricultural engineering from the UA, a master's degree from Purdue and a PhD in engineering from the University of Nebraska.
  • David Walt, a retired soybean farmer and industry advocate who owns Camp David Farms in Dumas. Walt attended the UA. He spent five years in the Arkansas Air National Guard and a year on active duty with the U.S. Air Force. Walt was appointed to the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board in 1987 by then-Gov. Bill Clinton. He served for 16 years because he was reappointed by other governors. He is a past president of the Arkansas Soybean Association, a founding member of the Arkansas Foundation for Agriculture and a lifetime board member of Economics Arkansas in addition to current and past service on numerous other boards. His family was named Desha County Farm Family of the Year and Southeast District Farm Family of the Year in 1993.

The group will be honored with an induction luncheon, set for 11:30 a.m. on March 1 at Little Rock's Embassy Suites Hotel. Tickets are $35 each and available by calling (501) 228-1609 or emailing aghalloffame@arfb.com.

The new class brings to 169 the number of honorees in the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame, encompassing 32 classes of inductees.

 

 

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