See how Arkansas beef farmers and ranchers are rethinking the ranch to raise sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.
In Siloam Springs, Arkansas is Nokes Farm Inc. owned by Lynn Nokes, a 4th generation farmer. The region where Nokes Farm is located has seen water quality decline which was attributed to a variety of reasons. Along with doing monthly water quality testing, Nokes installed seven ponds to slow and halt rain runoff to prevent nutrients and sediments from running into natural water sources. Containment areas were also installed where Nokes can draw test samples to ensure the water quality remains healthy. For their work in protecting local watersheds, Nokes Farm was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).
Meet Caleb Plyler, a 3rd generation cattle rancher in Hempstead County, Arkansas. Caleb, his wife Briana and son, Huck, have a pure-bred Charolais cattle ranch and cow herd. Blending the latest in cattle and forage production technology with the resources available, keeps Plyler & Son Charolais focused on raising quality beef.
Raising beef is a complex process, but throughout the entire journey, one thing remains constant – the shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane and environmentally sustainable way. There are nearly 2 million cattle in Arkansas and the farmers and ranchers that care for the animals also tend to over 5 million acres protecting the state's natural resources.
Over half the farm land in Arkansas is devoted to raising cattle, but Arkansas still accounts for about 46% of total rice production in the United States.