Charles Edwin Isbell Jr. Virginia Farmer of the Year 2020

Charles Edwin (“CJ”) Isbell Jr. is carrying on a seventy-year family tradition at Keenbell Farm in western Hanover County. His grandparents, Joe and Kathleen Isbell, purchased the original 175 acres in 1951. Today, at 340 owned and leased acres, the farm specializes...

Jay Yeargin Tennessee Farmer of the Year 2020

After graduating from high school, Jay Yeargin purchased a 60–acre farm with a USDA loan for beginning farmers, which allowed him to finance 100 percent of the land. He recalled, “Over the ensuing years, I bought more farm land by working with the USDA and began to...

James L. Lamb North Carolina Farmer of the Year 2020

As a boy growing up in Sampson County, North Carolina, James L. “Cookie” Lamb was curious about everything pertaining to farm life. Long before he was old enough to do so, he yearned to drive a tractor or a truck, take care of animals, and understand how farm tools...

Joe Edmondson Mississippi Farmer of the Year 2020

From both sides of his family Joe Edmondson inherited a passion for farming the land around Vardaman, Mississippi. Fueled by the untimely death of his father when Joe was only ten, he began in earnest to assume the responsibility of making the family farm as...

Stephen J. Kelley Kentucky Farmer of the Year 2020

Stephen J. Kelley was raised on a sixty-acre farm, although his parents worked off the farm. Some of his earliest memories include raising hogs, cattle, and corn with his family. And they always cultivated a big garden at home. By middle school he was helping his...