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• As a result of his success as a diversified crop farmer, Travis has been selected as the Kentucky winner of the 2013 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award.
Travis is active in Waterford Church of Christ. He is an Extension volunteer and does volunteer work on school athletic fields. He has also been a member of the Spencer County School Board.
He has served as president, vice-president and treasurer for the Spencer County Farm Bureau. He also served on the Spencer County Ag Development Board. He was named the Spencer County Master Conservationist in 2007 and received a soil conservation award from Goodyear Tire in 1993. He has also hosted agricultural field days for school children visiting his farm.
At Kentucky Farm Bureau, Travis serves on the state board, a tobacco advisory board, and on the organization’s insurance company board. His other Farm Bureau activities included service on a legislative conservation committee, meeting with legislators, taking part in discussion meets, touring the Chicago Board of Trade, participating in leadership classes and being a voting delegate at American Farm Bureau conventions.
Nationally, he has represented tobacco farmers in stakeholder meetings with the Food and Drug Administration. He has been a speaker at the U.S. Tobacco Forum. And in 1994, he received the Philip Morris Excellence in Tobacco award.
Scott and his wife Robbie have three children, sons Collin and Conner and a daughter, Cameron. They all contribute to making the farm run smoothly.
“We are able to set and harvest our tobacco with very little hired help,” says Scott. “Last year, the three children farmed their own patch of tobacco. Also, we bale wheat straw, and the children help out with that.”
Robbie works as an elementary school librarian. She is active in Waterford Church of Christ and has been active in the Spencer County Education Association. She also volunteered for the Spencer County Youth Baseball Association and organized agricultural field days for school children.
She has been active in both the Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations and the 53rd Judicial District Bar Association. During 1992 and 1993, she edited the Journal of Law and Education. She also worked as technical manager for the Spencer County Law Library. She has been a voting delegate for the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and is a former member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.
Scott says, “The key to being successful in farming is being flexible and changing with the times.”
Mike Tobin, Commodity Division director with Kentucky Farm Bureau, chairs the Farmer of the Year awards in the state. “We’re proud to have Scott represent Kentucky as Farmer of the Year,” says Tobin. Travis was nominated for the award by Scott Williams, Spencer County Farm Bureau president.
“Scott is very active in the community and has served on numerous boards and committees to make Spencer County a better place to live,” says Williams. “In everything he does, Scott gives 100 percent.”