2015 Pioneer Family Farm award – Young Family Farms
Louisa, KY — The Annual Farmers Appreciation Banquet was held Thursday, May 7th at the Lawrence County Extension Office, with a large crowd in attendance.
The dinner is sponsored by the Louisa Rotary club and Lawrence County Extension Office, and the evening began with Rotary President, Greg Kiser welcoming everyone and recognizing the Rotary members who were present as well as Earl and Faye Young, owners of the Young Family Farm, this year’s recipient of the Pioneer Family Farm award. After the Pledge of Allegiance, the invocation was given by Tommy Taylor.
Guests then enjoyed a full meal prepared by Rebel Barn Catering which consisted of turkey, braised pork, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables with cheese sauce, seven layer salad, rolls, drinks, and a choice of three different desserts.
Kentucky State Representative, Jill York was present and said she was honored to be there and talked about the importance of the family farmer in eastern Kentucky.
“Small family farms have been the backbone of the nation” she said. York who has family ties in Lawrence County said she was proud to be able to meet the Young family and how much she appreciated their farming efforts here.
Senator Ray Jones was also at the event and said times are difficult in eastern Kentucky for farm families. “Coal may have fueled us, but the farmers have fed us” he said. Jones, who is from Pike County said people may think he’s a city boy, but said he remembers well working on a tobacco farm growing up. “We value family different than other places” said Jones.
The Senator, who has been in Lawrence County on several recent visits, went on to say that he is proud of the work being done here and looks forward to continue working with the judge and others in the county toward progress.
Greg Kiser then told the crowd about the Young Family Farm which is located on Irish Creek in Lawrence County. The farm was established in the late 1700’s by Robert Young. Nine generations have since lived on the farm now owned and operated by Earl and Faye Young, their son, Mitchell and other family members.
They raise cattle, corn, hay and feed and up until recently, tobacco. One year they raised 40,000 pounds of tobacco. They always make sorghum, although not as much as they used to. Earl Young said it is becoming more difficult for the small family farm to make it, but said “We love this life and the place we call home, so we’ll just keep on keeping on.”
Senator Ray Jones then presented the Youngs with a Senate Citation Award and State Representative, Jill York presented them with a Kentucky Admiral Award which is awarded by the state environment and energy departments. Greg Kiser also recognized the Youngs with a plaque from the Louisa Rotary Club.
Everyone congratulated the Young family on receiving the 2015 Pioneer Award and for their years of hard work and dedication to farming.