Michael and Nora McCain of Washington County were honored as Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) 2011 “Outstanding Young Farm Family” during the organization’s 92nd annual meeting in Louisville.

KFB annually awards this distinction to a couple under age 35 who has exhibited the strongest farm management skills, most consistent financial growth and highest level of involvement in both Farm Bureau and their community.

In addition to receiving statewide recognition as the newest “Outstanding Young Farm Family,” the McCains won a Case IH Scout courtesy of KFB Insurance and Case IH, an Apple iPad2 from Republic Bank & Trust, $1,000 cash from Premier Crop Insurance, a $750 Dyno-Gro seed voucher from Crop Production Services, a $500 voucher from Southern States Cooperative, a portable handgun safe from Misty Morn Safe Company, and a voucher for 16 bags of seed corn from Pioneer Seed.

They also received an expense-paid trip to compete in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s national young farmer contest next month in Hawaii.

Winners of the national contest will win their choice of either a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado or a 2012 GMC Sierra. Each of the four national runners up will receive a Case IH Farmall 65A tractor from CASE IH.

KFB’s second place distinction went to Joel and Carrie Cook of Simpson County. They received 250 hours free use of a Kubota tractor, an Apple iPad2 from Republic Bank & Trust, $750 cash from Premier Crop Insurance, a $500 Dyno-Gro seed voucher from Crop Production Services, a $300 voucher from Southern States Cooperative, and a voucher for 12 bags of seed corn from Pioneer Seed.

The third place winners were Jerry and Brandi Whitaker of Henry County. They won 100 hours free use of a New Holland tractor, an Apple iPad2 from Republic Bank & Trust, $500 cash from Premier Crop Insurance, a $250 Dyno-Gro seed voucher from Crop Production Services, and a $200 voucher from Southern States Cooperative, and a voucher for 8 bags of seed corn from Pioneer Seed.

(The Kentucky Farm Bureau presents many other awards during the annual meeting. Jim Sidebottom of Greensburg was one of those recipients as he took home the “Farmer of the year award. His story can be found at http://southeastfarmpress.com/livestock/jim-sidebottom-kentucky-farmer-year).

Michael and Nora McCain


The McCains are row-crop producers in Washington County, raising approximately 4,200 acres of corn and soybeans plus another 16 acres of burley tobacco. They own 190 acres and rent the remaining land they farm.