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Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame inductee announced
A second-generation cattle and soybean farmer, Jack Jones, who was instrumental in the creation of the LeadAR program has been inducted into the Arkansas Agricultural Hall of Fame.

He served on the committee that created LeadAR, the leadership and professional development program of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. Jones continued to serve on the LeadAR advisory council and, after years of service, was granted emeritus status. LeadAR marked the 25th anniversary of its founding in 2009.

Following graduation from Arkansas Polytechnic College, now Arkansas Tech University, in 1956, Jones returned home and farmed in partnership with his father until taking over the farm in 1970. He built a successful 1,600-acre cattle and row-crop operation in the Arkan-sas River Valley that included soybeans, mi-lo and wheat.

Because of his leadership and successful farming operation, Jones was named Pope County’s “Outstanding Young Farmer” in 1961. Two years later, his family was recognized as the county’s “Farm Family of the Year.”

The Agriculture Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas Farm Bureau.

Tennessee farm mom a finalist in national contest!
Erika Forsbach, Savannah, Tenn., has been selected as the Southeast Region winner of Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Mom of the Year 2010. The public will determine the national winner by casting votes online at A profile of Forsbach, along with the other finalists, is posted online, and voting is open through May 3, 2010.

Forsbach was nominated through a nationwide call for entries. One winner from each of the five regions was selected. Judging criteria were based on the nominees’ contributions to family, farm and community. The American Agri-Women, a national coalition of women’s farm, ranch and agribusiness organizations, partnered with Monsanto to spearhead the judging process.

Forsbach and her husband, Karl, began farming in the United States 27 years ago and have been farming along the Tennessee River ever since. They grow corn, soybeans, grain sorghum, winter wheat, sunflowers and sugarbeets. They have two children, Carl and Christopher, and a daughter-in-law, Katie.

New foliar insecticide registered in soybeans and cotton
Valent has received registration for Belay insecticide as a foliar application in soybeans and cotton. Belay is a third-generation neonicotinoid proven to control a broad spectrum of tough pests, including aphids, plant bugs and stink bugs.

Belay can be applied 45 days after a seed treatment containing a neonicotinoid, such as the new INNOVATE System from Valent, so farmers can maximize their control of both early and late-season insects in their soybeans.