LaRue family tabbed as state’s Outstanding Young Farm Family

Dwarfed by large farm equipment, Caleb Ragland watches his sons Carter, Cory, and Charlie fill a planter with wheat.

Caleb and Leanne Rag­land have been named Kentuc­ky Farm Bureau’s 2020 Out­standing Young Farm Family.

It’s truly an honor and we are really excited about it,” said Caleb, who with his wife and three sons — Charlie, Carter and Cory — own and operate a pig, corn, wheat and soybean farm near Magnolia.

“Winning this honor has been a long-time goal and it’s special to see it come to fruition,” said the 34-year-old ninth-generation farmer whose family placed second in last year’s competition.

Todd Bright, director of KFB’s Communication Di­vis­ion, said the Raglands, one of three finalists for the honor, were chosen by a panel of judges for demonstrating strong farm management skills, KFB and community involvement, and consistent financial growth through their farms.

Bright said the winners will be recognized for their accomplishment at KFB’s annual state convention and will receive prizes.

“Caleb and Leanne will receive ownership of a Kubota RTV 1100 SxS, 100 hours use of a Case IH tractor and over $3,000 in additional cash and prizes courtesy of sponsors including KFB Insurance, KFB Federation, Case IH, Pioneer, Premier Crop Insurance, Southern States, Community Trust Bank, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Kubota and Southern Farm Bureau,” Bright said.

He added the national KFB convention, which was to convene in San Diego, meets virtually in January 2021. Though the Raglands regret not being able to attend in person, they still will compete for recognition and prizes as well.

“Every state is eligible to enter its winner into the national competition with further recognition and prizes going to the national outstanding young farm family,” Bright said.

“We hope to represent Kentucky well at the national competition,” Caleb said.

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