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Young Farmers remain active in Bullitt County

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By Stephen Thomas

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - A successful fundraiser will help Bullitt County’s young farmers harvest educational opportunities.

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    Numerous activities such as fundraisers have earned the Bullitt County Young Farmers two consecutive state awards.

    The Young Farmers, a division of Bullitt County Farm Bureau, recently earned a second consecutive Gold Star Award for Excellence.

    A recent chili supper and silent auction presented by the Young Farmers, hosted by the Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service, raised over $2,000 toward scholarship funding.

    Bullitt County Farm Bureau Board of Directors secretary Harriet Brooks said the funds would be implemented toward the Young Farmers’ scholarship.

    According to Brooks, scholarship requirements include Bullitt County high school students with at least a 2.5 grade point average. The student’s family must be Farm Bureau members.

    Brooks said the $1,000 cash scholarship could go to students pursuing any degree, including college, vocational school or trade school.

    “It’s unique in that our committee decides and makes sure someone get it,” Brooks said. “The scholarship is written directly to the student for multi-purpose. They can put it toward tuition or meals or books or whatever.”

    The Young Farmers scholarship fund began in 2007-08 as a way for the group to do something helpful for the community. Bullitt County Farm Bureau already offered four $2,000 scholarships.

    Brooks said the Young Farmers group is much more active than in the past, with around 15 families frequently active in meetings and events.

    The strong support from its members helped the Young Farmers achieve the Gold Star Award for two consecutive years.

    “The (Gold Star) award is based on group activities and participation,” said Brooks. “They try to think of something big to do every year.”

    In the past year Young Farmers appeared at the Bullitt County Fair. They also support the Extension Service’s Farm Field Day, in which Bullitt County elementary students learn agriculture lessons such as soil conservation, machinery safety and food production.

    Recently Bullitt County Farm Bureau president Jeff Robards escorted the Young Farmers to a statewide event, where members learned updated farming information while meeting other young farmers from throughout Kentucky.

    “There are many activities that they have to help the community and work on their scholarship drive,” said Brooks. “And they talk to one another about farming issues, which is very important.”

    Bullitt County Young Farmers are between the ages of 18-40 and are active in either owning or working on a county farm.

    “It’s really for anyone interested in farming, and all are welcome,” Brooks said.

    For more information call Brooks at 543-7816. Any messages will receive a response.