A Legacy of Farming: Carrie Styles on Family, Cotton, and the Future
A Fourth-Generation Cotton Farmer’s Journey
Carrie Style is a fourth-generation Arkansas cotton farmer with a story that intertwines family, tradition, and the enduring love for the land.
“I grew up a daughter of a farmer,” she proudly proclaims about her deep roots in farming.
Her upbringing was marked by her involvement in the farm and her passion for horses. She vividly remembers her early days when she showed horses and participated in 4-H activities, all while her mother was deeply engaged in the Farm Bureau and cotton sewing contests.
Her journey continued as she met her high school sweetheart and eventual husband, both hailing from families deeply rooted in farming traditions. They ventured into farming themselves, starting with 136 acres of land, which they still own to this day. Cotton became their shared passion, and it is a passion that endures.
“The most beautiful crop there is,” she said.
In recent years, the Styles expanded their farming endeavors to include peanuts, providing both an investment opportunity and a complement to their cotton crop rotation. Their current operation encompasses around 2,600 acres of cotton, and 650 acres of peanuts, and the remaining land is dedicated to soybeans.
Today, Carrie and her husband are cultivating more than just crops. Their son-in-law and daughter have joined them in the family farming business, creating a multi-generational legacy. The joy of watching their grandchildren embrace farm life is immeasurable. Carrie affectionately speaks of their enthusiasm for tractors, cotton pickers, and playing in the dirt.