Bryles inducted into Hall of Fame

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mark Bryles of Blytheville was inducted March 12 into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Mark Bryles (left) was inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame. The elder Bryles' son, Steve, congratulated his father at the 22nd annual induction luncheon at Little Rock. (photo provided)

Bryles helped lead the revival of cotton as the primary crop in Mississippi County.

His career as an agent with the UofA Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service spanned 35 years, 22 of those in Mississippi County.

By helping growers adopt new technologies, cotton acreage increased from 34,500 acres in 1983 to 200,000 in 1997, with yields nearly tripling during the period.

Bryles has received numerous awards for his leadership, innovation and service. A former president and active leader with Mississippi County Farm Bureau, Bryles has spent his life as an outspoken advocate for agriculture, recruiting and training volunteer farm leaders in the county.

The Agriculture Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas Farm Bureau.

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