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• The three couples are Shane and Mary Courtney of Shelby County, Jonathan and Jessica Gaskins of Adair County, and Dustin and Tammy White of Union County.
Jonathan & Jessica Gaskins
Jonathan and Jessica Gaskins are both first generation dairy farmers, starting their operation together in 2008, shortly after getting married.
Jonathan, who grew up on a beef cattle and grain crops farm in Adair County, purchased his first 110 acres of farmland and its existing milk parlor in 2005.
Just three years later, the Gaskins quickly acquired and began expanding their herd of dairy cattle. They added equipment, barns and new technologies over the next few years, putting in the time and effort necessary to grow their farm to its current 508-acre size.
They additionally diversified their overall production goals to include corn silage, alfalfa hay, grass hay, soybeans, and corn.
Jonathan and Jessica are both active members of the Adair County Farm Bureau Young Farmer program, serve as Ag Advisory Council Members for the county’s Cooperative Extension Service, and participate in several additional local industry and civic groups.