Bastrop farmer is La. farmer of the year

3/2/2013 12:15 PM
By Associated Press

BASTROP, La. (AP) — Harper Armstrong, who has farmed in Morehouse Parish for 47 years, has been selected Louisiana farmer of the year.

Armstrong, who farms in Bastrop, was among three finalists in a competition sponsored by the Louisiana Agri-News Network, the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

The other finalists were Donald Berken of Welsh in Jefferson Davis Parish and Gerald Wood of St. James in St. James Parish.

Armstrong farms about 2,500 acres and has grown corn, cotton, soybeans and wheat.

His prizes as farmer of the year include $1,000 and 100 hours' use of a Case IH Magnum tractor.

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