• Family: Parents Mike and Michelle Parsley, sister Delaynee Parsley and fiancé Connor Niccum
• Hometown: Elkins, Ark.
In Town: Kristina Parsley has been a sales associate at Justus Home Center in Fayetteville, Ark. (near Elkins) for more than a year. Justus Home Center is owned and operated by Jim and Betsy Justus, also of Fayetteville. This small business serves the Fayetteville, Elkins and surrounding communities. They stock hardware supplies, livestock feed and veterinary needs for their customers. Kristina provides customer service and helps with inventory management in the store.
In the Country: Kristina was born in Savannah, Tenn., and moved to Elkins 23 years ago. Her parents Mike and Michelle Parsley were married in Northwest Arkansas. She was active in her local FFA chapter in high school. She was a member of the electricity team. Kristina currently supports her sister Delaynee Parsley’s FFA projects on Thunder Mountain Ranch (TMR). Kristina and her sister run their father’s farm with 30 head of commercial beef cattle. In between working at Justus, she finds time for her three “fur babies” and helping build fences on the family farm.
“My favorite part of the farm was when my gramps was still around. We would haul cattle in together or go to the local sale barns,” said Kristina. “I learned about pesticides and herbicides with him and since I’ve gotten older, it’s much different.”
Kristina said it isn’t the farm that makes the farmer, it’s the love, hard work and character. She enjoys her work at both Justus and the family farm.
Her future plans include getting married to her high school sweetheart of five years Connor Niccum. She’d like to start a family of her own.