Upcoming Central Hardin High School sophomore Guy Kerr has been crop and cattle farming nearly his entire life. Whereas many kids would be happy to sleep in Saturday mornings, Kerr’s childhood involved arising at 5 a.m. Saturdays for a full day of farm work.
Kerr said he learned to farm from his grandfathers, Bobby Kerr and Joe Herron. His parents, Brian and Tabitha, own several acres of land where Guy often can be found on his tractor.
Asked about his favorite aspect of farming, Kerr responded “all of it.”
Brian said his son learned to plant and harvest crops and bail hay early-on. He said extracurricular activities often have been turned down in favor of farm time.
“It’s something he’s had a passion for since he was 2, probably,” Brian said. “We knew then because he’s always been on the tractor and he’s always been farming and wanting to be around it constantly.”
Even when he’s playing video games, Kerr finds a way to work in his love of farming. He said he often plays farm simulation games when it gets too dark to pursue the real thing.
Because of this devotion to agriculture, Kerr decided he will switch high schools this year. Previously a student at Elizabethtown High School, Kerr plans to attend Central Hardin this year because of its FFA program and for the opportunity to take more agriculturally focused classes.
Although the program offers scholarships, trips to conventions and leadership opportunities, Kerr said his motivation to join FFA stems from the desire to learn.
Following graduation, Kerr said he hopes to study agriculture at the University of Kentucky and one day operate his own farm.
“I want to be a farmer,” he said.
When he’s not farming, Kerr often can be found with a fishing rod in hand. He recently competed in the 2019 Kentucky High School Athletic Association Bass Fishing State Tournament, placing seventh out of more than 100 boats. His boat placed fourth in the regional competition out of close to 200. Kerr competed in both events with his partner, Brock Catlett.
“I thought it was pretty cool,” Kerr said of their success on the water.
In the state championship at Kentucky Lake in May, Kerr said he, Catlett and their boat captain, Catlett’s father, Bart, spent two days practicing and two days competing. Only smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass could be caught and only five fish could be used for judging. Kerr said his boat caught a total of around 50 to 60 fish throughout the competition.
The event was a good exercise in team work, Kerr said.
“Brock, he’s really good,” he said. “He knew what he was doing and every time he would catch a big one I would go back through and catch another one. We kept building each other up.”
Kerr said he hopes to join Central Hardin’s bass fishing team next year. He said he is a life-long angler who enjoys finding new fishing holes.
“I like going places new,” he said.
Brian said his son’s drive in farming and fishing always impresses him.
“I think he has one of the strongest work ethics I’ve ever seen,” he said.