Wildy Family Farms is a fifth-generation family farm that began in southern Illinois in the late 1800’s. In 1914, Edward S. Wildy moved the family farm to Arkansas where it began to take root in Mississippi County. After graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1938, Edward’s son Earl initiated Wildy Farms as we know it today. David Wildy started farming with his father, Earl H. Wildy, in 1975. Over the years, Wildy Farms has produced a variety of crops, including cotton, Christmas trees, tomatoes, rice, milo, soybeans, corn, and chrysanthemums.
In 1977, Wildy Family Farms built the first office that was outside of the residence. The office structure also included a shop area for equipment repair. As the farm continued to grow, the farm outgrew this facility. A new complex that houses offices, a warehouse, and a climate-controlled shop was erected in 1994.
In 1996, Justin, the eldest of David Wildy’s children, came back to the farm full-time after receiving an Agriculture Business and Economics degree from Arkansas State University.
In 2011, Paul Harris, the husband of Bethany Wildy Harris, came back to the farm full-time after receiving an Agriculture Food and Life Sciences degree from the University of Arkansas.
In 2014, Tab, the youngest of Davide Wildy's children, came back to the farm full-time after receiving an Agriculture Food and Life Sciences degree from the University of Arkansas.
The family farm has consisted predominantly of cotton for the last twenty years, but more recently soybeans and corn have also made their way back to the farm. With the grain operations expansion in 2007, grain facilities were added to the farm in 2007 and 2009.
Since 1975, there have been many changes in the farming industry, but Wildy Family Farms has learned to adapt and remain innovative with the latest technology.