Arkansas 4-H Alumni Association

Supporting Arkansas 4-H since 1982

Honorees

2018
  • Jim Baker, Faulkner County
  • Annette Martin, Conway County

  • 2017
  • Johnny Belew, White County
  • Suzie Davis Puckett, Faulkner County
  • 2016
  • J J Pitman
  • Judy Riley

  • 2015
  • Joan Coleman Hays, Washington County
  • Brian Helms, Pulaski County
  • Jerry Wooley, Faulkner County

  • 2014
  • Melissa Harrison Allen
  • Avonne Petty, Pike County

  • 2013
  • Steve Jones

  • 2012
  • Bob Blake, Pulaski County
  • Kimberly Bowen Yarbrough, Benton County

  • 2011
  • Kim Smith Harrison, White County
  • Pat Dodgen Schaefers, Faulkner County

  • 2010
  • Dorothy "Dot" Brents, Conway County
  • Ann M. Belden Wilson, Faulkner County

  • 2009
  • Dr. Darlene Z Baker Millard, Pulaski County

  • 2008
  • Joyce Smith Harlan, Craighead County
  • Judy Grabher Martin, Conway County

  • 2007
  • Robert Parish, Perry County

  • 2006
  • Mabel Coleman, Crawford County
  • Etta Louise "Weeji" Belden Niswonger, Faulkner County
  • Sharon Turner, Conway County

  • 2004
  • Sen. Jean Edwards
  • Sen. Stanley Russ

  • 2003
  • Margaret Wheeler

  • 2000
  • LaVerne Feaster, Pulaski County
  • Harvey Gordon

  • 1999
  • Mary Scott
  • Lloyd Westbrook

  • 1998
  • Ettamarie Belden, Perry County
  • C. A. Vines, Pulaski County

  • 1995
  • H. L. Kennedy, Arkansas County
  • Nan Etta Harrell Snider, Craighead County

  • 1983
  • Raymond C. Cox, Washington County

  • 1973
  • Mary Juanita Jones Warren, Cleburne County
  • Jim Baker

    Faulkner County

    Outstanding Arkansas 4-H Alumnus, 2018


    A fifth-generation cattleman, Jim Baker has spent his adult life advancing the state's cattle industry. From 1983 - 1995 he served on the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry commission and was a part of the effort to eradicate the reproductive disease brucellosis and move Arkansas to brucellosis "free" status.

    He was elected Faulkner County Judge in 2014 and this is the sixth career he has pursued. Raised in Pike County, Baker joined 4-H as a boy and has been a member for more than 65 years. He credits 4-H for teaching his to be involved in programs that motivated him to go to college and prepared him for life challenges.

    His first election was for song director of the Bethel 4-H Club in Pike County in 1957. In 1963 he was elected Southwest District 4-H Vice President.

    In 1968 he moved to Conway. In 1971 Baker married Linda K. Nelson of Mt. Vernon. They have two children, Monica and Jason, who were both involved in Faulkner County 4-H for eleven years, and developed professional communication skills

    In 1994 President Bill Clinton appointed Baker to become the first Administrator of the Gran Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration with the U.S. Department of Agricultre, a post Baker held for 6-1/2 years. He oversaw 840 employees and had a "front row seat" on Capitol Hill while managing an agency that set grain standards and regulated livestock and poultry marketing in the U.S.

    He is most proud of being named Man of the Year in Arkansas Agriculture by Progressive Farmer magazine in 1999. Baker says, I was 52-years-old and at the time the youngest man to receive that honor. I am especially proud of that.

    In 2004, he was elected to serve on the Arkansas 4-H Foundation Board and served until 2014.

    In 2015, Judge Baker was inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame, which honors those who have made significant contributions to Arkansas agriculture, as well as community and economic development. Baker says that joining 4-H in 1952 was his first step in getting into the Hall of Fame

    Alumni of the Year Nomination Process

    In order to nominate someone to be named an Outstanding 4-H Alumni of the year, please complete the nomination form (Form FY4H-133).