FARMERS SUPPLY, headquartered in Marvell, Ark., is celebrating 50 years in business this year. Using a cigar box for a cash register, E.J. Hosey and Bill McDonald began the business in a small, rented storefront on Main Street to supply seed and feed to area farmers. As the business grew, they added services such as chemical and lime sales and grain marketing.

E.J. Hosey, now retired, maintains that commitment to customer service is one of the keys to the longevity of the business. “The main thing I learned is to give good service to everyone, whether their business is big or small. You've got to know your customers, give them personal attention, treat them right,” he says.

Today, Farmers Supply, operated by Gene Hosey and Chris Kale (son and son-in-law of E.J. Hosey), offers a full range of services, including seed, feed, chemicals, and high-performance liquid fertilizers.

Farmers Supply also operates grain elevators in Aubrey and Marvell, Ark.

Dedicated employees, many of whom have worked at Farmers Supply more than 20 years, are another component in the company's success. Gene Hosey adds, “To us, they're part of the family. We're fortunate to have many long-term employees who know what they need to do to make things good for our customers.”

Farmers Supply is located on Hwy. 1 South in Marvell. On the Internet, go to www.farmersupply.com.