The Warren Webster family of Washington has been selected as the 2014 Hempstead County Farm Family of the Year.

The Warren Webster family of Washington has been selected as the 2014 Hempstead County Farm Family of the Year.

The family will participate in district competition interviews in June for an opportunity to advance to the statewide competition, according to Hempstead County Agricultural Extension Agent Steven Sheets, who made the announcement Tuesday. Sheets said the Websters will be recognized locally at the annual meeting of the Hempstead County Farm Bureau.

The Websters operate a broiler farm, along with timber and land investments on 1,174 acres of independently owned, rented and partnership farm properties which support 14 broiler houses with 19,000 birds each and an average annual production of about 1.4 million birds on two farms in the Guernsey and Columbus areas.

The family contracts with Tyson Foods.

Farming and timber operations include lasture land leased for cattle and hay production with some 493 acres in pine, plantation pine and hardwood timber stands.

“We are considering adding cattle and wool less sheep,” Webster notes. “These are obvious complements to chicken farming and land usage.”

He said the family wants to expand its cattle ownership, having operated that part of the farm business mostly through a partnership. The family was named “Broiler Grower of the Year” twice by the former Hudson Foods, Inc.

The family has been in the farming business for 24 years, and Warren and his wife, Becky, have three children; two sons and daughter.

Sons Logan, 21, and Nolan, 20, are currently students at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and daughter, Katie Ella, 6, is a kindergarten graduate this year at Garrett Memorial Christian School in Hope.

The family is active at Unity Baptist Church and has extensive 4H Club participation. Nolan currently works for the UA Poultry Science Department and Logan works in UA Media Relations. Katie Ella was the 2014 Hope FFA Rodeo Junior Queen and won second place in barrel racing.

The Arkansas Farm Bureau, along with Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, Farm Credit MidSouth, ACA, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, in cooperation with the Arkansas Press Association, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, USDA Rural Development, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Arkansas Department of Workforce Education and the Arkansas Department of Agriculture serve as sponsors and partners for the annual competition.