Kentucky Ag News

Kentuckians re-elected to Ag Credit board


Special to Kentucky Agricultural News


LEXINGTON, Ky. - James C. Rankin III of Bourbon County and James Alvin Lyons of Scott County have been re-elected to serve four-year terms on the Ag Credit Board of Directors. Lyons will continue as chairman, and Rankin will continue as vice chairman.

Lyons is a lifelong Scott County resident. He and his wife, Debbie, own 300 acres and lease an additional 400 acres. His cropping program consists of 50 acres of alfalfa, 125 acres of corn, 125 acres of soybeans, and 30 acres of tobacco. He also has a 75-head commercial cow-calf program and backgrounds his feeder cattle. In addition, he owns half interest in Lyons Family Farm LLC, a labor and equipment-sharing entity.

Lyons, a 58-year-old full-time farmer, holds memberships on the Scott County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the Scott County Beef Improvement Board, and the Scott County Rural Land Management Board. He also serves on the Kentucky Ag Leadership Program Advisory Board and is a magistrate with the Scott County Fiscal Court.

He is a member and Chairman of Trustees for Long Lick Baptist Church in Scott County, and a graduate of Scott County High School. He and Debbie are parents of two grown children.


Rankin and his wife, Elizabeth, own 115 acres and lease 130 acres. They raise 75 acres of alfalfa and own half interest in a 65 head cow-calf operation with their son. They also own Thoroughbred mares and board Thoroughbred mares and foals for clients. Rankin is a licensed equine trainer and is active in horse racing in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Rankin, 59, earned a degree in agriculture from the University of Kentucky. He and Elizabeth attend Disciples of Christ Church and are parents of two grown children.