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Father, son take to the fields

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Farming is the Jaggers' family business

By Becca Owsley

In the agriculture field, fathers and sons often work together on the farm. While retaining individual farming interest, Larry Jaggers Sr. and Larry Jaggers Jr. plow common ground in row crop production.

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For the elder Jaggers, 69, farming began when he was a child then grew into a career in the spring of 1962. He had a dairy farming business for almost 50 years but now he raises beef cattle and farms crops with his son.

Jaggers Sr. remembers farming with his dad near the end of the horse-drawn era, before tractors became the farming standard.

“I don’t know what brought me to it other than I love being outside, being with the animals and working with the soil,” he said.

The younger Jaggers, 44, is a third generation Jaggers farmer.

He wanted to farm but knew dairy and cattle farming wasn’t for him.

“I like my corn and soy beans. They don’t kick back,” he said.

He has an appreciation for the beef and dairy cattle farmers but knew it wasn’t what he was interested in.

“I like my milk, I like my dairy products and I also like to have a steak,” he joked.

Because he knew his son wasn’t interested in cattle, Jaggers Sr. didn’t think he would have anything to offer his son on the farm. Because it’s every father’s dream to have their son follow them into their profession, he said, telling his son that was hard.

But in 1993 Jaggers Jr. bought a farm to grow crops while he continued to work at what is now called Crop Production Services.

When they started crop farming together, the elder Jaggers realized he did have something to offer to his son.

Work with Crop Production Services allowed the younger Jaggers to stay in the agriculture field but adding the farm was a bonus.

“I guess I wanted to have my cake and eat it too by staying with the farm,” he said.

He loves farming but the time to work with his dad and the family is most important, even through a few normal father and son squabbles.

The family has experienced the giving nature of the farm community. In 1989 Jaggers Sr. had heart surgery and area farmers came to help with planting.

On the farm, everyone comes together and is always there to help out, Jaggers Jr. said.

Involvement with the Hardin County Fair board is a hobby for Jaggers Sr. and, in the past, he has been active in state and national leadership roles for marketing and promotion of the dairy industry as well as a past president of Hardin County Farm Bureau.

When Jaggers Jr. was younger he always complained his dad was involved in too much but as he’s grown older he see himself being just as active as his father. He is a part of Farm Bureau, has worked with local and state farming organizations and helps out at the county fair by announcing at events.

“They are so alike it’s not funny,” Larry Sr.’s wife, Carol, said, adding they’d probably disagree.

She’s proud to see them working together and is glad farming is being passed down to the next generation.

Farming is around-the-clock work and takes dedication, she said.

Even though farming keeps him busy on and off the family farm, the elder Jaggers said his first love is his wife and family but his second love has always been agriculture.

“It’s been a tough life, but it’s been a good life,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed it and wouldn’t trade it.”

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Getting to know Larry Jaggers Jr. and Sr.

  • Favorite sports team: University of Kentucky Wildcats
  • What they like to do together: Farm. They have separate businesses — the father with cattle and the son with his work at Crop Production Series — but they work the grain farm together.
  • Tractor preference: John Deere
  • Favorite dairy product: Ice cream
  • Dogs on the farm: Trouble, Chip and Buddy

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