Washington County farmers, ranchers honored at City-Farm Banquet

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM.


Jarrod Adkison Family — Farm Family of the Year

The 2012 Washington County Farm Family of the Year is the Jarrod Adkison family.

Jarrod, his wife of thirteen years, Tara, and four children live on the same farm on New Prospect Road that was founded by his grandfather, Floyd Adkison, in 1949, said Andreasen.

Chelsea, 19, attends Chipola College. Nathan, 13, is an eighth grader at Roulac Middle School. Mary Beth, 11, is a sixth grader also at Roulac Middle School. Harrison, 9, is a third grader at Kate Smith Elementary School. Tara works as R.N. at Jackson Hospital in labor delivery. Both Mary Beth and Harrison are enrolled in 4-H and enjoy the youth activities of the organization.

Jarrod, the son of Ken Adkison, is a third-generation, lifelong farmer who along with his cousin Philip grows corn, peanuts, soybeans, wheat, oats, cotton and hay on 1180 acres. Charolais influence beef cattle are also used to diversify the farming operation by utilizing grains produced on the farm and marginal land that is too wet to cultivate, Andreasen said.

The farm also markets some young purebred bulls as well as commercial feeder calves. The farm also employs two full-time employees that are vital to the farming operation.

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