RICKEY CORNUTT NAMED 2015 ALABAMA FARMER OF THE YEAR

Rickey Cornutt of Boaz, Ala., raises crops and cattle on small fields. He’s a successful farmer on Sand Mountain in North Alabama. A farmer for 33 years, Cornutt’s farm consists of 2,000 acres, including 1,600 acres of rented land and 400 acres of owned land. As a result of his success as a row crop […]

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NATHAN REED NAMED 2015 ARKANSAS FARMER OF THE YEAR

At age 35, young fourth generation farmer Nathan Reed has accomplished much during his 12-year farming career. He’s an attorney who gave up the practice of law to concentrate on farming. He raises cotton, corn, soybeans and grain sorghum on close to 6,000 acres. Reed, from Marianna, Ark., has excelled at growing crops, adopting new […]

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VIC STORY, JR., NAMED 2015 FLORIDA FARMER OF THE YEAR

Vic Story, Jr., of Lake Wales, Fla., is a citrus leader during a time the industry faces a threatening bacterial disease called citrus greening. Story is fighting back by spraying psyllid insects that spread the disease, by replanting infected groves and by planting alternative crops such as peaches. This year, he’s increasing his citrus plantings […]

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JAMES LYLES NAMED 2015 GEORGIA FARMER OF THE YEAR

On his Northwest Georgia farm, James Lyles is building new chicken houses, moving beef cattle daily and harvesting and selling top quality hay. A farmer for 19 years, Lyles is from Ringgold, Ga. His Dry Creek Farm includes 627 acres with 90 rented acres and 537 acres of owned land. He says, “If I can’t […]

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JACK TRUMBO NAMED 2015 KENTUCKY FARMER OF THE YEAR

This has been a difficult year for Jack Trumbo of Simpsonville, Ky. In February, his home burned down. About a month later, he suffered a life-threatening accident when a tractor ran over him. He endured multiple injuries. Prompt medical attention helped save his life, followed by surgeries and a long rehabilitation. He recently took a […]

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ALLEN EUBANKS NAMED 2015 MISSISSIPPI FARMER OF THE YEAR

Fourth generation farmer Allen Eubanks of Lucedale, Miss., specializes in farm-fresh, hand-picked vegetable crops. He has been buying land throughout his career and his farm is now one of the largest vegetable farms in Mississippi. Eubanks Produce encompasses about 2,800 acres. He farms in six counties, including in nearby Alabama. As a result of his […]

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DANNY KORNEGAY NAMED 2015 NORTH CAROLINA FARMER OF THE YEAR

As a tobacco farmer, sweet potato grower, row crop producer and contract hog grower, Danny Kornegay of Princeton, N.C., has been a great success in his 45 years of farming. He farms 5,500 acres, including 2,900 acres of rented land and 2,600 owned acres. He farms in three North Carolina and two South Carolina counties. […]

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TOM TRANTHAM NAMED 2015 SOUTH CAROLINA FARMER OF THE YEAR

A pioneer who developed a grazing dairy and an on-farm bottling plant and creamery, Tom Trantham of Pelzer, S.C., plants forage crops throughout the year. This replicates the lush and nutritious grazing available during April on most farms. He calls his farm the 12 Aprils Dairy. His bottling plant is the Happy Cow Creamery. His […]

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GEORGE CLAY NAMED 2015 TENNESSEE FARMER OF THE YEAR

George Clay has maximized his production and has become an efficient row crop and beef producer who farms with two sons and only one employee. A farmer for 57 years, Clay is from Pelham, Tenn. He grows high yielding crops and farms productive land. As a result of his farming success, Clay has been selected […]

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DONALD TURNER NAMED 2015 VIRGINIA FARMER OF THE YEAR

A diversified row crop farmer, Donald Turner of North Dinwiddie, Va., has farmed for 41 years. He started farming with his father. This past year, he farmed 1,166 acres of cropland plus another 165 acres in timber for a total of 1,331 acres. He owns about a fourth of the land he farms and rents […]

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