Jim and Michelle Pigeon did not plan on winning County Farm Family of the Year but that is what happened in early May. County Farm Family of the Year is the first award in the process to win Arkansas Farm Family of the Year. The Pigeons won County Farm Family of the Year for Benton County, according to a press release from the Farm Bureau of Arkansas.
A plaque will be presented to the Pigeons during a media day event at 2 p.m. Friday, June 3, according to CEA–Staff Chair Johnny Gunsaulis in a follow-up email. The next step in the awards process is for a judge to come out to inspect the farm to determine eight District Farm Families of the Year, which will be announced on June 14, the release states. The State Farm Family of the Year will be announced in December at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon, the release states.
The Pigeons didn’t expect to receive County Farm Family of the Year. Jim Pigeon said he is not concerned about recognition and prefers to just work. Michelle Pigeon said it was an honor to be chosen.
Pigeon Family Farms has a diverse range of products ranging from raising cattle and poultry to growing various plants, said Michelle Pigeon. Plants grown include vegetable transplants, Chrysanthemums, hanging baskets, and perennials. Jim and Michelle Pigeon started the farm at their current location in 1994, he said. The couple has farmed all of their lives. Jim Pigeon grew up on a cattle and poultry farm in Kansas, Okla., and Michelle Pigeon grew up in Siloam Springs and Kansas, they said.
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