Managing a beef cattle operation while raising corn, soybeans, wheat and tobacco keeps the Cook family busy, but they also offer custom hay rolling services and tobacco transplants to other local farmers.

Joel is additionally the current first vice-president of Simpson County Farm Bureau, the young farmer committee chair, a graduate of KFB’s LEAD program and a board member for both the Ag Development Board and the Ag Extension Board.

Carrie is the Simpson County Farm Bureau’s board secretary/treasurer, member of Business & Professional Women and a leader with numerous local civic and volunteer organizations.

Jerry and Brandi Whitaker‚Ä®

Third place finishers, Jerry and Brandi Whitaker, operate a 798-acre cattle and row-crop farm in Henry County. Purchasing 71 acres just a few years after they began farming tobacco and hay, the Whitakers have since grown their operation through land leases.

They now raise tobacco, corn, soybeans and grass hay in addition to managing a herd of Holstein steers. The Whitakers began custom hay baling when they first started farming to help generate cash and fund their targeted operations.

In addition to managing the day-to-day operations on the farm, Jerry also serves as a board member of the Henry County Farm Bureau.

With more than 500,000 member families statewide, Kentucky Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization.

Approximately 1,300 members attended KFB’s 92nd annual meeting, to recognize this year’s individual and organizational achievements as well

Overall it was a good year for the Kentucky Farm Bureau as the organization its 50th consecutive year of membership growth. That story can be found at