The Richard Morris family of Carlisle has been selected as the 2013 Lonoke County Farm Family of the Year.

Morris Farms is currently owned and operated by Morris, his son Matt and daughter Emily Morris-Neil. They currently farm 1,725 acres of farm land south of Carlisle. Crops raised by the Morris family include rice, corn and soybeans.

Morris said he feels truly humbled by being selected as farm family of the year.

"To be chosen by my peers is humbling," Morris said.

The family was chosen by the Lonoke County Family Farm Selection Committee. Chairman of the committee, Cole Plafcan, said the family is deserving of this honor.

"We felt they were the most worthy family this year," Plafcan said.

Plafcan said the Morris family was nominated by one of the committee members who gave a description of their operation and family structure. He said among other nominations, the Morris Family received the most voted by the committee.

The Lonoke County Family Farm selection committee is sponsored by Farm Bureau. Committee members are made up of community leaders involved in agriculture, according to Plafcan.

Since 1947, the Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program has served as a vehicle to recognize outstanding farm families throughout the state according to the Arkansas Farm Bureau website. The objectives of program are:

• To give recognition and encouragement to farm families who are doing an outstanding job on their farm and in their community.

• To grain recognition of the importance of agriculture in the community and state.

• To disseminate information on improved farm practices and management.