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Meet our Executive Board

LINDSEY HOLTZCLAW

PRESIDENT

BIO

Lindsey lives in Columbia County with her husband, Jes, and sons, John Monroe and Porter. She says her passion for agriculture started by growing up on her grandparent’s farm in central Arkansas but later grew thanks to her involvement with FFA. Lindsey is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University and now serves as Director of Marketing for Farm Credit of Western Arkansas. She says her favorite responsibility in her role is telling the stories of western Arkansas farmers and ranchers. Lindsey is a beginner beekeeper and serves on the Arkansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers state committee.

CALEIGH WATLINGTON

VICE PRESIDENT

BIO

Caleigh is a recent graduate of Southern Arkansas University where she received a B.S. in Agribusiness and a M.B.A. in Supply Chain Management. She works for Farm Credit of Western Arkansas as a Loan Officer in their Magnolia Branch. Caleigh grew up on a beef cattle and poultry operation in Lincoln, AR and says her experiences in 4-H and FFA led her to a career in agriculture. She currently lives in Buckner, AR where her and her husband, Coe, have a small commercial cattle herd.

SHAYLEE WALLACE BARBER

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

BIO

Shaylee is a fourth-generation agriculturalist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s in agricultural communications. Shaylee is a PR Specialist for Arkansas Farm Bureau, where she helps farmers and ranchers tell their stories through our various communication platforms. She and her husband recently bought their first small farm and hoped to add more acreage and cattle to their operation. Shaylee is also a founding member of the Bismarck Cowboy Church, where they share the gospel and incorporate agriculture and the western/cowboy lifestyle into their ministry. She is an active supporter/volunteer for Rodeo Bible Camps and Top Hand Clinics, as well as assisting with arena events throughout the state.

MICHELLE BUFKIN HORTON

SECRETARY

BIO

Michelle is a Marketing Coordinator for AcreTrader, a farm capital investment company in Fayetteville. Her favorite part of the role is being able to ensure that farmland will remain in production for years to come. 

Previously Michelle was the Membership & Communications Director for the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association. Michelle and her husband live on a commercial cattle operation in Decatur, Arkansas. 

BARBIE JOHNSON

TREASURER

BIO

Barbie is an active partner on her family’s row crop farm in Desha County. She and her husband Lee along with their children Gena, Ashlee and Jake take great pride their farm is recognized as an Arkansas Century Farm. When not on the farm, she enjoys working as a Master Gardener of Drew County as well as Area 12 Special Olympics Director. Through ARWIA, she has learned of conservation practices that they have implemented on their family farm.

Meet our Area Representatives

SYDNEY BELEW

NORTHEAST AREA REPRESENTATIVE

BIO

Sydney works for AgHeritage Farm Credit Services as an Ag Consumer Loan Officer serving rural Arkansas. She’s married to a fourth-generation cattle farmer and the couple has two children. She helps operate their family’s 300 head cattle operation in White County.

MADISON TRAVIS

NORTHEAST AREA REPRESENTATIVE

BIO

Madison is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University where she received a B.S in Agriculture Business and a M.B.A with Agriculture emphasis. Madison and her husband, Michael, live in Jonesboro, AR where she serves as a Crop Insurance Servicing Agent for Rabo AgriFinance. Madison’s time spent in her local FFA chapter began her love for agriculture, allowing her to see the impact that it has on the world.

BROOKLYN HEISER

NORTHWEST AREA REPRESENTATIVE

BIO

Brooklyn was born and raised in Lamar, AR and is married to her high school sweetheart. The couple runs a cow-calf operation and an 11 house poultry operation in Johnson County. Brooklyn serves on the Johnson County Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee, the Johnson County Fair Board, and is the reporter for Johnson County Cattlemen’s Association.

DIXIE MILLER

NORTHWEST AREA REPRESENTATIVE

BIO

Dixie Miller is a graduate of the University of Arkansas where she completed her B.S. in Agricultural Communications. Dixie works for the University of Arkansas Animal Science Department as a program technician and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Agricultural and Extension Education. Dixie is from Farmington, Arkansas and has a passion for the cattle industry and all things agriculture. 

JESSICA ANDERSON

SOUTHEAST AREA REPRESENTATIVE

BIO

Jessica Anderson lives in Lonoke, AR. She wasn’t born into the ag industry but once she got started, her heart was in it for the long haul. She started working on my uncle’s quarter horse farm and helped him train cutting horses. Throughout highschool, she volunteered and worked on local farms and ranches to get my hands even deeper in the ag industry. Jessica works full time on her small ranch, raising black Herefords. She has a small cow-calf operation and is growing more in our feeder division. Jessica enjoys getting to connect with other women in this industry and learning more every day from them.

MICHA GAIRHAN

SOUTHEAST AREA REPRESENTATIVE

BIO

Micha was farm raised and homegrown in Poinsett County and is a current resident of Phillips County. She’s a seventh generation farm and land owner and holds an agribusiness degree from Arkansas State University. Micha has 15 years of experience merchandising, purchasing, trading and exporting row crops and rough rice throughout the Delta. She’s currently employed by the largest rough rice exporter in the U.S. and is the owner of Gairhan Ag Services, where she markets crops for roughly 45,000 acres of row crops throughout the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta.

CLAIRE FRY

SOUTHWEST AREA REPRESENTATIVE

BIO

Claire grew up on a cow-calf operation in Hope, Arkansas. She decided to plant roots in her hometown by buying land and is working to grow her herd. She is a program technician for the United States Department of Agriculture – Farm Service Agency in the Hempstead/Nevada County office. Claire has a passion for agriculture and helping producers in any way she can. She is also recently engaged to her high school sweetheart and plans to tie the knot in July 2024.

GRACE TURNER

SOUTHWEST AREA REPRESENTATIVE

BIO

Growing up, my parents have owned and operated Hope Livestock Auction as well as a cow calf operation, where I was heavily involved in both. After getting married in 2020, my husband and I combined our cow/calf herds, started a beef stocker operation, and teamed up with a local producer to bring a sheep and goat auction to the southwest Arkansas area. We also provide lease contracts to rodeo producers and individuals for livestock in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Along with helping operate the ranch at home, I work as a Financial Services Specialist at Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas.

HAILEY PURIFOY

BOARD MEMBER AT LARGE

BIO

Hailey lives in Gurdon with her husband, Brady, and daughter, Whitley. On their farm, they currently run a small grower and meat chicken operation. Hailey I grew up in Lonoke County and was an active FFA member. She’s continuing my education through Arkansas State University, studying agribusiness and currently works as an insurance agent for Shelter Insurance in Arkadelphia.

LAUREN GRIFFIN

BOARD MEMBER AT LARGE

BIO

Lauren works for Greenway Equipment as their Marketing and Events Coordinator. She grew up in agriculture and showed cattle for more than 10 years. In her spare time, she helps on her family’s petting zoo in Austin, AR.

Meet our Collegiate Ambassadors

JULIA DESALVO

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY

BIO

Julia is a sixth generation agriculturalist and the first woman in her family to pursue a degree in agriculture. Julia grew up in the livestock industry, 4-H, and FFA. She’s currently a student at Southern Arkansas University and is active in SAU Cattlemen’s, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and Sigma Alpha.

LORAN STRICKLER

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY

BIO

Loran grew up showing Beefmaster cattle and hogs, which she credits to helping her become the person she is today. She is now a student at Southern Arkansas University, studying pre-veterinary science.

HANNAH RIGGIN

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS ARKANSAS

BIO

Hannah and her family own and operate a cow-calf operation consisting of about 50 head of cattle that has been in operation since 2000. Being an active member of 4-H and holding different positions for 13 years gave her many experiences within the agriculture industry as high as the national level. She’s actively involved in Southern Arkansas University’s Collegiate Farm Bureau, Southern Arkansas University’s Collegiate Cattlemen’s, the Agribusiness Club at Southern Arkansas University, and the Hot Spring County Fair Association. Hannah also serves as the Area 6 Vice President for the Arkansas Junior Cattlemen’s Association.

KRISTEN NUNNALLY

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

BIO

Kristen is a student, mother, & wife. She owns and operates her own small dairy herd in Northeast Arkansas that she started in 2023. Her family farms rice and soybeans in NEA. Kristen is working towards a bachelor’s in animal science at Arkansas State University, with plans to attend vet school afterwards. She is a member of multiple ag clubs at the college & the DTA ag honor society. She is also a 2023-2024 College of Agriculture ambassador for ASU.

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