2017 Fayette County Farm Bureau Scholarship Winners


Katherine “Meriwether” Carling is the daughter of Scott and Victoria Carling of Lexington.  She is a graduate of Henry Clay high school. Meriwether plans to attend the University of Georgia and major in Biology with a minor in Business. She has served as the President of Go Green Club, Captain of the varsity soccer team, treasurer of the National Honor Society, as well as a leader of the dance committee for Henry Clay Dance Blue and she is a member of the Beta Club. Meriwether has been a member and coach of the Girls on the Run Board, captain of the Commonwealth Soccer club, volunteer at UK Hospital and many more activities. Meriwether has extensive experience with horses and plans to become a Veterinarian.



Allison Shell is the daughter of Joey Shell and Tami Martin from Lexington. Allison is a graduate of Locust Trace Agriscience Center and Lafayette high school. She plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University in the fall and major in agribusiness Management with a minor in Horticulture. She served as FFA Chapter Secretary and was a part of the National Honors Society. Allison has a passion for horses and has also found a new love of plants and horticulture. Allison’s goal is to advocate for agriculture and help educate the community about how essential agriculture is on our daily lives.





Andrew Barton is one of the recipients of the 2017 Fayette County Farm Bureau Scholarship. He was awarded $10,000 to attend the college of his choice toward obtaining an undergraduate degree. Andrew James Barton is a graduate of Lexington Catholic High School 2017. Andrew was born and raised in Fayette County, Kentucky to parents Richard and Lisa Barton. He has an older brother Brett who works full time on the family farm. Andrew has worked on the family farm since age five. He and Brett have raised a tobacco crop for the past five years. Andrew plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio in the fall of 2017. After completion of his diesel/agricultural degree, Andrew plans to open a shop on the family farm. Andrew’s love for agriculture was influenced by his Papa Jimmy. Andrew’s appreciation for life is a gift from Papa Dicks. He has been blessed with awesome role models and plans to continue the tradition.

Anne Waits is the daughter of Robert and Julie Waits of Lexington. She is a graduate of Lafayette high school. Anne plans to attend Samord University in the fall and major in Communication Disorders with a minor in Psychology. Anne served as vice-president of operations for the Lafayette Choir, co-leader for the KY All State Baptist Choir and Vice President of the Outdoor’s Club. Anne has been very active in her church, Calvary Baptist Church, 4-H, and other youth organizations. In her spare time she enjoys helping her dad on their beef cattle farm. Anne’s goal is to graduate college and obtain her masters degree in communication therapy and speech pathology, eventually going on to pursue her doctorate.

Ellis Brown is the son of James and Bridget Brown. Ellis is a senior at Bryan Station High School in the Spanish Immersion Program; he is fluent in Spanish. He has set and maintained high academic standards throughout his high school career. Ellis is an integral member of the Bryan Station High School Boys’ Lacrosse Team, obtaining All-Star honors. He is also an avid member of the jazz, symphonic, and marching bands. In addition to his academic and extracurricular pursuits, Ellis believes strongly in the benefits of community service, lending his time and skills to various charitable organizations. Ellis will attend Asbury University in the fall to pursue a degree in media communications.  It is his hope that work in the communications field would aid in putting the spotlight on community issues that are not routinely discussed.



KFB Spotlight

President's Column: Grassroots, The Foundation of Farm Bureau
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Whenever I have been asked to describe what Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) is about or how it operates, I always begin with one word: “grassroots.”

If you have been around this organization as long as I have, that word comes up often and we never want to lose sight of how important it really is.

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Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles Sounds Alarm on Unsolicited Foreign Seeds
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