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[PHOTO COURTESY OF DANA HARVEY • SWEET PEAS PHOTOGRAPHY] The Bob and Sarah Gorden family has been named the 2013 Polk County Farm Family of the Year. For 66 years, the Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program has been honoring outstanding and high performing farm families all across the state. The annual program is sponsored by the Arkansas Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit Mid-South Associations, and Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. Four generations of Gordens gathered together recently for Mother’s Day. Above are Bob and Sarah with their two sons, four grandchildren and five great-granchildren. Sons are Brent Gorden and Kent Gorden with his wife Dena. Kent’s four children Tosha Lance and husband Mike and their three children Kailie, Abbie, and Andrew; Kyle Gorden with wife Treell and children Timber and Archer; Ally Hull and Katy Gorden.

Gordens Named 2013 DISTRICT Farm Family of the Year

District winners for the 67th Annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected and among them is Polk County’s Farm Family of the Year – the Bob and Sarah Gorden family.

The district winners will now be judged to determine a state winner, to be announced at the Dec. 12 Farm Family of the Year luncheon at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.

“It is a great honor to recognize the men and women of agriculture, and their families, for their hard work and success,” said Randy Veach, a cotton, soybean and wheat farmer from Manila (Mississippi County), who serves as president of Arkansas Farm Bureau. “What a great honor for their families. They represent the very best of what our state offers.

“Every year I am amazed at the wide variety of farms and the considerable work put forth by these outstanding farm families. I want to congratulate those who have been named County and District Farm Families of the Year.

“Agriculture is the backbone of our state. In fact, it is the largest business sector, adding around $16 billion to our economy each year. These farm families are a part of a wonderful legacy and industry that helps provide all of us an abundant, safe and affordable food supply, which we should never take for granted.”