By Deseray McKinzy

According to an Arkansas Farm Bureau news release, a Mcghee family, Layne Miles and his wife Ryane, have been named the District Farm Family of the Year for the Southeast District of Arkansas. Layne and Ryane Miles farm 10,700 acres where they grow irrigated corn, soybeans, cotton, and rice.

The Miles family has been farming for six years and they are among eight District Farm Families selected in the 74th annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program, representing the diversity of Arkansas agriculture, the state’s largest industry.

The Farm Family of the Year program is held annually with a selection of the top farm families in each county and collaborate with the selection of the state Farm Family of the Year who will then go on to represent Arkansas in the Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition.

According to sources, Arkansas has had two farmers receive the title of Southeastern Farmer of the Year, Brian 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/community leadership. The district winners will now be judged to determine a state winner who will be announced on December 9th at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon.