Location: Clinton, Ark.
Owner: John French
History: French Feed has been serving farmers and rancher in the Clinton. Ark., area for 32 years. Owner John French bought Clinton Feed in 1990 after working there for about four years and changed the name to French Feed.
“It’s been a family-owned business since then,” John said.
Products and Services: John said French Feed has a large variety of products available. “We have feed and farm supplies, garden supplies, plants, grass seed, garden seed, fertilizer; we have just a little of all of it,” he explained. “We do a lot of gardening stuff this time of year. We have always been big on plants and bulk seeds; a lot of people flock to that. We have people come from several different counties to get our gardening stuff.”
French Feed also offers insecticides, herbicides, animal health products, pet supplies and many other items. Most livestock feed is offered in bagged form, but French Feed does carry 1,000-pound bulk bags.
“It’s bagged when it gets to me and I pass them on through,” John explained.
ADM, Powell and Hirsch feeds are the main feed lines.
“I don’t carry a full line of any one product, but I have a full line of feed with the three of them combined,” he said. “Right now, 12 percent sweet feed from ADM is our top gun. It’s a good feed for the money.”
In the fall, deer feed is a popular item at French Feed.
Business Philosophy: “Fast, friendly service is our thing,” John said. “We have never really called it a motto or anything, but we try to get you taken care of in a good, friendly way.”
Future plans: John plans on staying in business for many years to come.
“We have been blessed and the good Lord has been good to us,” John said. “We have been blessed for 32 years. At some point, we will have to retire, but we aren’t in any hurry.”