LaRue County farm family wins national award

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By Amber Coulter

A LaRue County family took home a national honor during the 94th annual American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Nashville.

Ryan and Misty Bivens of Hodgenville won the Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award.

“We are very excited and honored by receiving the achievement award,” Ryan Bivens said in a statement. “We have had the goal of entering this competition for over 12 years, and by us winning this award, it proves that through hard work and dedication, any goal can be achieved when you set your mind to it,” he said.

The first-generation farmers operate on 5,753 acres of owned and rented land, on which they raise commercial beef cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat, grass hay and alfalfa.

The couple and their two children, Cyrus, 4, and Avery, 1, were chosen from families across the country for the honor, which recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their operation and demonstrated superior leadership.

Participants were evaluated on Farm Bureau leadership, leadership outside the organization and their operations’ growth and financial progress.

The Bivens family claimed the national award after winning the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2012 Outstanding Young Farm Family award.

Ryan and Misty Bivens both have served on the LaRue County Farm Bureau board in multiple roles. They also volunteer with various organizations and compete in state and national Farm Bureau contests.

Misty Bivens has said her family applied for the honor to show the difference hard work and partnerships in the community has made in their lives and to their business.

Hard work and a strong sense of teamwork have contributed to the farm’s success, she said.

Winning the award means the Bivens family members can choose either a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado or a 2013 GMC Sierra as their prize. They also will receive paid registration to the 2013 Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership conference in Phoenix in February.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.