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By Ryan McGeeney U of A System Division of AgricultureNov. 19, 2018
(217 words)(Download this story in MS Word format here.)
LITTLE ROCK – For the second year in a row, one family has managed to represent both
4-H and the Future Farmers of America at the Arkansas Turkey Week Proclamation signing
at the State Capitol.
While not every public reading of a signed proclamation has a star, Nellie — a turkey
raised by sisters Victoria and Kristin Lehmann — was clearly the center of attention
Monday morning as Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson read the proclamation.
The Lehmann sisters are both members of Conway County 4-H’s Nemo Vista Pioneers Club,
as well as the Nemo Vista FFA chapter.
In 2017, the sisters brought Penny, also a turkey, for the Arkansas Turkey Week Proclamation
Arkansas Turkey Week is meant to promote awareness of Arkansas poultry production,
which makes up about half of all cash receipts in the state’s $21 billion agriculture
industry. According to the proclamation, Arkansas produces about 26 million turkeys
each year, supporting more than 14,000 jobs and adding about $341 million in value
to the Arkansas economy.
Other speakers at the event included Wes Ward, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture,
and Marvin Childers, president of the Poultry Federation.
Photos from the reading can be seen at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmnfrzbh.
To learn about poultry in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service
agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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