Carpenter to be among inductees to state Agriculture Hall of Fame

The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame will induct five men whose leadership brought distinction to the state’s largest industry.

Inductees include:

• Abraham Carpenter Sr. of Grady (Lincoln County), founder and owner of Carpenters Produce, a 1,500-acre, family-run enterprise that has supplied produce to the state and nation for more than 40 years.

• Lionel Barton of Fayetteville (Washington County), poultry specialist and professor emeritus with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. He was instrumental in the development of the University’s Poultry Center for Excellence.

• Jon S. Fitch (deceased), a former state senator and director of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission. Fitch was instrumental in the eradication of the cattle disease brucellosis in Arkansas.

• Stanley E. Reed (deceased), former chair of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees and president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation.

• Howarth Erwin Taylor of Hickory Ridge (Cross County), president of Hickory Ridge Rice Farms, Taylor Seed Co. and Hickory Ridge Farm Supply Co. Taylor has been a leader in the rice industry for more than 60 years.