Greg and Marcell Wilson joined a select group of families throughout the state last week as they were honored as the 2017 Farm Family and recognized in the special media day ceremony last Wednesday, June 14 afternoon.

Greg and Marcell Wilson joined a select group of families throughout the state last week as they were honored as the 2017 Farm Family and recognized in the special media day ceremony last Wednesday, June 14 afternoon.
The Wilson not only were honored as many Nevada families before, but they were also honored as a number of similar Farm Family celebrations were happening the same day.
The Wilson family includes two sons, Justin and Kyle, both 14, as well as Aaron Johnston, 35, and Jennifer Johnston, 32, according to the official packet distributed to the media in relation to the award.
The program sponsors annually are the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services, AgHeritage, Farm Credit Midsouth and Armor Seed as well as the Arkansas Agriculture Dept. UA Extension Service, the state FFA Association, and the Arkansas Press Association, of which the Nevada Picayune and the Hope Star are members.
According to the official packet, the Wilson’s have been in the poultry business for 10 years. Their farming program includes 40 acres dedicated to poultry broilers, 458 acres to cattle, and 388 to hay production.
Their enterprise consists of 10 broiler houses growing 19,100 per house. The chickens, called “production units” in the packet, are raised to a weight of seven pounds or 49-53 days in production.
As far as the cows and calves go, they are active sellers in two states, Arkansas at the Hope Livestock Auction, and Oklahoma, at the Oklahoma City stockyards and Welch Stockyards.
The Farm Family of the Year awards established in 1947 also recognize leadership and community service.
The Wilson family cited such county activities as being an Athletic Booster Club sponsor for Prescott High School, participating in Leadership Nevada County, being a part of the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association, and the newly formed Artesian Cemetery Association.
Statewide activities include Nevada County Conservation in the registration of poultry feeding and dry waste practices.
In stating their entry into farming, Greg Wilson said “Marcell and I have been around cattle and horses most of our lives. Neither of us knew anything about broiler houses or the depth of the work required. In early 2007, based on a feasibility study, my employer was seriously considering closing their Texarkana plant where I worked.
“My wife and I were looking for a way for me to make a living for our family. I was visiting a friend and he told me there was a farm for sale. I had been a FFA member in high school and worked on a thoroughbred horse farm at the early age of 15, so this seemed like an avenue we should strongly consider.”
Wilson noted the family connection, saying, “My grandfather owned a chicken house in his early years and got great enjoyment observing the modern process of raising broilers. Frank Wilson watched many thousands of broilers exit Wilson Farms from his lawn chair on the hill prior to his death at the age of 97 in 2010.”