Gary George Among Six Chosen For Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame

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Gary George, chairman of the board of Springdale poultry company George’s Inc., is one of six individuals chosen for induction into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame.

The 2016 class was announced Jan. 6 by the Arkansas Farm Bureau. The newest class also includes the late W.H. (Bill) Caldwell of Rose Bud, the late Hank Chamberlin of Monticello, rice farmer David Hillman of Almyra, longtime cooperative extension rice specialist Bobby Huey of Newport and cattleman John Frank Pendergrass of Charleston.

The group will be honored at the 28th annual induction luncheon March 4 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Little Rock.

In a statement, George said: “I am humbled to be included in this group of leaders, present and past, who have helped make agriculture one of the leading industries in the state of Arkansas.”

George was appointed president of George’s — a business started as a small general store in the 1920s by his late grandfather, C.L. George — and its subsidiaries in 1980 at the age of 30. In 1994, he was named CEO. Under his leadership, the company grew to include operations in multiple states, with more than 4,700 employees.

George has held positions on the Poultry Federation, the American Egg Board, the National Chicken Council, the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission, the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, and the boards of Legacy National Bank and J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.