Laurels: Enough praise to go around

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Editorial: April 20, 2012

Area farmer honored with award. Farming has been a big part of Kerby Grey’s life.

Recently, the Cecilia man was recognized for his commitment to the industry when he was selected as the Kentucky Young Farmer Member of the Year.

Grey started farming following high school graduation and spent time raising tobacco even before then. This year, he and some relatives will farm about 2,100 acres.

He said about farming, “You get to do the things you love to do.”

Not all professions are as satisfying as the one Grey has found for himself.

He learned many of the traits of becoming a successful farmer from his grandfather, father and other farmers from around the county and the state.

A Hardin County Young Farmer since 1990, the group is active in educating each other and the community about agriculture issues from crop production to welding.

As a part of his reward, he receives free use a Challenger tractor for 200 engine hours with the option to purchase it later with a GPS and automatic steering bonus. It has an air-ride cab and is completely computer integrated.

Some of the award criteria is farming career highlights and his winning application considered barns he built on his farm, grain bins, crops produced, expansions and improvements to his home and property.

The award comes in his last year of eligibility. A farmer has to be 40 or younger to qualify for the recognition.

GIVE AS YOU GET. When you get your license plates at the Hardin County Clerk’s Office in Elizabethtown you also can help provide financial backing for youth organizations.

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer recently visited Hardin County and spent time with Hardin County 4-H and FFA members. In part, it was to promote the Kentucky farm license plate voluntary donation campaign.

Donations of $10 can go a long way and help programs through the state’s Agriculture Program Trust Fund. Money contributed is equally be divided among 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud programs in the state.

All are vital causes that can use some assistance.

YOUNG MAN, BIG HONOR. An Elizabethtown third-grader is being honored by state officials for his volunteer work and optimistic attitude in the face of his own challenges.

Shawn Aberl II has been selected to receive the Kentucky Governor’s Ambassador Award for Volunteer Service for his work with the Save-A-Limb Bike Ride in Maryland.

The ride helps support the efforts of Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, to prevent limbs from being amputated when they can be saved.

The hospital helped the Aberl family after Shawn was diagnosed with popliteal pterygium syndrome after birth. The condition typically results in death before birth and for Shawn has resulted in a cleft lip and a deformed leg that have taken more than 60 surgeries to give him the ability to run and jump.

Shawn’s family raised $3,360 for last fall’s ride and drew volunteers from multiple states to join the his volunteer team, Team Superhero.

“It’s just good to know that they’re my friends in volunteering,” he said.

There are multiple categories in which state residents can be honored by the governor’s office. The only category in which Shawn qualified was the ambassador award because his family volunteers outside the state.

The Aberl family plans to attend an awards ceremony in June at the Governor’s Mansion.