Union County couple among 'Outstanding Young Farm Family' finalists | Families
Preliminary judging for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2013 “Outstanding Young Farm Family” is now complete and three finalists have been named for this prestigious honor: Shane and Mary Courtney of Shelby County, Jonathan and Jessica Gaskins of Adair County, and Dustin and Tammy White of Union County.
The “Outstanding Young Farm Family” award competition recognizes an individual or couple under age 35 who has exhibited the strongest farm management skills, most consistent financial growth and highest level of involvement in both Farm Bureau and their community.
Dustin and Tammy White own and operate part of a 14,118-acre, multi-generational family farm in Union County. Growing up and working on the farm until completing college, Dustin became an official partner and owner of the operation in 2004. The White family now raises beef cattle, hay, straw, wheat, white and yellow corn, soybeans and seed beans on their ever-expanding farm.
Over the past few years the Whites have made significant land, machinery and technology investments, constructed new grain bins, sheds, barns and other essential facilities, implemented better environmental practices, and continued to increase their herd size and production efficiencies. Additionally, Dustin is a Union County Farm Bureau board member and chair of the county’s Young Farmer Committee. Both Dustin and Tammy are also actively involved in local and state organizations that further promote agriculture and civic leadership.
Judges visited the three finalists during the last week of September to conduct interviews and see their farms in action. The “Outstanding Young Farm Family” winner will be announced at the organization’s 2013 state annual meeting in Louisville on December 6.
In addition to receiving statewide recognition as the 2013 “Outstanding Young Farm Family,” the winner will receive a Case IH Scout courtesy of KFB Insurance and Case IH, an Apple iPad2 from Republic Bank & Trust, $1,000 cash from Premier Crop Insurance, a $750 Dyna-Gro seed voucher from Crop Production Services, a $500 voucher from Southern States Cooperative, a portable handgun safe from Misty Morn Safe Company, and a voucher for 16 bags of seed corn from Pioneer Seed.