The district winners for the 66th annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program were announced Monday, according to the Arkansas Farm Bureau.

The district winners for the 66th annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program were announced Monday, according to the Arkansas Farm Bureau.

Winners will be judged to determine a state winner, which will be announced at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon Dec. 6 at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.

The district winners are:

• Keith and Jill Jones of Palestine (Lee County) in the East Central District.

• Tom and Margaret Vanemburg of Desha (Independence County) in the North Central District.

• Gene and Mary Jo Crouch of Harrisburg (Poinsett County) in the Northeast District.

• Scott and Cassie Davis of Prairie Grove (Washington County) in the Northwest District.

• Jared and Holi Holzhauer of Gillett (Arkansas County) in the Southeast District.

• Perry and Colleen Watkins of Banks (Bradley County) in the Southwest District.

• David and Miesha Carver of Lockesburg (Sevier County) in the West Central District.

• DeSalvo Family of Center Ridge (Conway County) in the Western District.

“Congratulations to each of the great farm families who have been named district winners,” said Randy Veach, a cotton, soybean and wheat farmer from Manila (Mississippi County) who serves as president of Arkansas Farm Bureau. “I’d also like to extend congratulations to those families who were recognized as county Farm Families of the Year as well.

“Agriculture is the backbone of our state. In fact, it is the largest industry, adding around $16 billion to our economy each year, and it’s also the core of our state’s cultural fiber. Everyone in our state should take pride in the great farm families being recognized this year and applaud them for their commitment to agriculture and their ongoing success.”

The Farm Family of the Year program begins each year with selection of top farm families in each county and culminates in December with selection of the state Farm Family of the Year. All winners are judged on their farm production, efficiency, management, family life and rural/community leadership.

Sponsors of the Farm Family of the Year program are Arkansas Farm Bureau, the Arkansas Press Association, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and the three Farm Credit agencies that serve Arkansas: AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas and Midsouth Farm Credit. Additionally, support for the program is provided by the Arkansas Department of Career Education, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development.

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 210,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.