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Chris, left, and Rebekah Pierce receive the Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award from American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman, center, and General Motors representatives at the AFBF Convention in San Diego. (AFBF photo)
Kentucky couple wins American Farm Bureau honor
Kentucky Farm Bureau
SAN DIEGO — Chris and Rebekah Pierce of Pulaski County left the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 96th annual convention with one of the organization’s top honors – the Young Farmer & Rancher “Achievement Award.” This award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farming or ranching operations and exhibited superior leadership abilities. Participants are evaluated on a combination of their agricultural operation’s growth and financial progress, Farm Bureau leadership and leadership outside of Farm Bureau.
“We were very excited to win this award and truly honored even be on the stage with so many other good producers from around the country,” said Chris. “We are very fortunate to have excellent support from our community and the staff of Kentucky Farm Bureau.”
The Pierces, who were also winners of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) 2014 “Outstanding Young Farm Family” award, grow row crops on a 3,441-acre farm in Pulaski County. Last year they produced more than 1,550 acres of corn, 900 acres of soybeans, 800 acres of wheat and 100 acres of canola. They also had nearly 700 acres of cover crops as part of the National Soil Health Movement.
In addition to farming, Chris and Rebekah are both active members of the KFB Young Farmer program. Chris is also a graduate of KFB’s Leadership Enhancement for Agricultural Development (LEAD) class, has an off-farm job teaching young farmer classes at a community college, has served on several of KFB’s state advisory committees and is in a leadership role in numerous other ag-focused organizations across the state.
As the winners of this national competition, Chris and Rebekah were presented with their choice of either a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado or a 2015 GMC Sierra, courtesy of GM, and a paid registration to AFBF’s 2015 FUSION (Farmers United: Skills, Inspiration, Outreach and Networking) Conference held Feb. 13-16 in Nashville, Tennessee.
“We feel passionate about helping other young farmers in our community and providing educational leadership opportunities in our community to help other people,” said Chris.
“If we can do this, any young farm family can do this,” added Rebekah. “Maybe bringing this award back to Kentucky will give others encouragement to try new things and to be more active as farm leaders in their communities.”
For additional information about the 96th American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention, visit annualconvention.fb.org.