Travis has additionally taken an active role in his community. He has served in numerous roles on the Spencer County Farm Bureau Board of Directors since 1996, including a term as its president. He is presently a member of both the KFB Federation and KFB Insurance State Board of Directors, and is Chair of both the KFB Tobacco Advisory Committee and the American Farm Bureau Federation National Tobacco Advisory Committee.

He also currently serves on the Spencer County School Board, as a Spencer County Extension volunteer, and as a member of the Kentucky Tobacco Research Board. Travis, a graduate of KFB’s LEAD class and past recipient of the KFB Outstanding Young Farm Family award with his wife, Robbie, additionally leads and serves in numerous other industry-based and civic-oriented organizations on the local, regional, state and national levels.

“Scott is one of the hardest working, truthful young men I know,” said George Henderman, president of Bullitt County Farm Bureau. “He is a pillar of the community.”

Judges visited the “Farmer of the Year” finalists during the fall to conduct interviews and see each farm firsthand. The Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation awarded Travis with a $1,000 prize for being named “Farmer of the Year,” and the other finalist, Bailey, received $250 as runner-up.

In addition to the statewide recognition and prizes, Travis will represent Kentucky in the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year contest, the South’s most prestigious agricultural award, in Moultrie, Ga., Oct.15-17, 2013. He will also receive $2,500 from Swisher International and a $500 gift certificate from Southern States Cooperative.

Travis will compete against nine other state winners for the chance to win a $15,000 award from Swisher International and several other sponsor-based prizes.

Stephen Bailey

Bailey, a 38-year farming veteran, raises beef cows and calves, stocker calves, corn, soybeans, alfalfa, mixed hay and wheat on his farm in Harrodsburg.

He began full-time farming immediately after graduating from college, and, over time, has increased the size of his farm from 440 total acres to his current 2,080-acre operation.

Bailey has additionally made conservation practices a top priority for his farm and intentionally diversified what he raises to effectively spread risk while making good use of by-products. He has been a KFB member all 38 years of his farming career, serving as a Mercer County Farm Bureau Board member for four years and was named Mercer County’s Young Farmer of the Year in 1978.

He also served as a Southern States Cooperative board member for 12 years, including four years as its Chairman, is currently the Mercer County Conservation District Supervisor and Vice Chairman of the Conservation Board of Supervisors, and is active on numerous other local civic and industry-specific organizations.

With nearly 500,000 member families statewide, Kentucky Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Approximately 1,700 members attended KFB’s 93rd annual meeting, December 5-8, to recognize this year’s individual and organizational achievements as well as adopt policy for 2013.