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Miller County Farmer of the Month for August is Edward Alan Epps

His favorite part of farming is planting a crop and watching it grow.

TEXARKANA, Ark. –
For August, the Farmer of the Month that we would like to honor and show gratitude toward is Edward Alan Epps.

Mr. Epps graduated from Foreman High School in 1997 and attended classes at Texarkana Community College.

He has been around farming his entire life. His grandfather was a major influence on Mr. Epps wanting to get into farming. He has farmed on his own for the past 10 years. He says he has always loved being in the field. 

His favorite part of farming is planting a crop and watching it grow. 

When asked what he thinks is most important for the public to know about the commodities he produces, he replied, “All of what we produce feeds the world’s population, whether it be for direct human consumption, such as rice, or corn for chicken feed, and wheat for pastries and bread."

He is married to Stacey and has a daughter, Hailey, 10 years of age and a son, Braxton, 5 years old. He says that Braxton goes with him every chance he gets and loves riding the combine and sprayer.

He produces wheat, corn, soybeans and rice; however, because of the wet spring and low prices, he was not able to plant rice this year. 

Edward Alan farms approximately 3,000 acres in Bowie County, 3,000 acres in Miller County, and 1,000 acres in Little River County. When asked about how the flood has affected him, he says that he lost all of his crops in Bowie and Little River Counties this year. “It’s really been a tough year.”

There were many farmers, much like Mr. Epps, who were affected adversely by the flooding this spring and many times we forget to express our gratitude to them for their hard work and dedication to supplying a need in almost every area of our lives. Farming is not for the faint of heart and the diligence they show in these difficult times is a testament to their dedication and heart. Be sure to thank a farmer because they produce so many of the products and necessities we use on a daily basis.

Farm Facts:

During the Civil War, soybeans were used in place of coffee because real coffee was scarce.

There are more than 3,500 different uses for corn, and is in all sorts of products from peanut butter to batteries.

Rice is a symbol of life and fertility, which is why rice was traditionally thrown at weddings.

One acre of wheat can produce enough flour to furnish a family of four with bread for nearly ten years.

By Jennifer Caraway
County Extension Agent - Agriculture
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Jennifer Caraway
County Extension Agent - Agriculture
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
400 Laurel Street, Suite 215 Texarkana AR 71854
(870) 779-3609
jcaraway@uaex.edu

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