keynote speaker

Jason Brown
Full Name
Jason Brown
Job Title
Farmer/Retired NFL Player
Speaker Bio
In 2012, Jason Brown walked away from a successful NFL career as the highest-paid center in the league to start a farm, without knowing a single thing about farming. Join us at this year’s ArFB Annual Meeting to hear from Jason about how his faith in God guided he and his wife, Tay, to start First Fruits Farm in Franklin County, North Carolina. Since then, he’s founded a ministry, written a book and harvested over 100,000 pounds of vegetables. Jason will also share the challenges, opportunities and lessons learned throughout his journey as a football star turned farmer.


Dr. Maggie Justice
U of A Extension Service
Beef Cattle Extension Specialist
Dr. Dan Quadros
U of A Extension Service
Small Ruminant Specialist
Dr. Daniel Rivera
Southwest Research and Extension Center, UofA
Director Southwest Research and Extension Center
Michael Paskewitz
Izard County Cooperative Extension
Joe MacFarlane
Congressman Rick Crawford Office
Legislative Assistant
Caleigh Watlington
Columbia Co
Dawsyn Cole
Washington Co
Garrick Dugger
Arkansas Game & Fish Commssion
Dakota Moss
Livestock Risk Services, INC.
Owner/Livestock Agent
Mr. Jake Cartwright
Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation
Director, Commodity Activities & Economics
Dr. Andrew McKenzie
University of Arkansas
Professor - Agricultural Economics and Agribusines