Community Focus - 2012 Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year Award
- September 10, 2012
Ian Thomas received the 2012 Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year award from young farmer chairman, Zack Ison (left). Ian is the 22 year old son of Jim and Susanna Thomas of Harrodsburg. He is very active in the local community serving on the Cattlemen’s Association board of directors; is an active member of his church, and the Mercer County Fire District. He was also elected to the Mercer County Farm Bureau board of directors tonight. Ian has built an impressive farming operation in only four years. He currently has 700 acres of leased pasture in partnership and also leases 430 acres of crop and pasture land for feeder cattle, brood cows, and alfalfa hay. In addition, he has also purchased 63 acres of land, adjoining some of his leased property. His operation consists of 65 cow/calf pairs, 1,200 head of feeder cattle and 35 acres of alfalfa hay. In the future, Ian and his fiancé, Elaine Clark, plan to expand the cow herd and diversify the operation into tobacco production and several hundred acres of grain crops.
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