Monsanto District Sales Manager Scott Cooper presented a $2,500 check to the Trigg County 4-H Council as part of the America Grows Communities Program. Seven Springs Farms nominated the 4-H Council for the honor. Joe and Kadonna Nichols, Michael Oliver and Rob Kleppel were there for the check presentation.
“We’ve got over 1,200 counties in the U.S., actually 1,204,” involved in the program, said Cooper. “It’s an effort to really bring more knowledge to the public about what we do in the farming community.”
Cooper said each of those 1,204 counties involved in the program gets $2,500.
Trigg County Future Farmers of America (FFA) Advisor and Vocational Agriculture Instructor Jody P’Pool presented the Outstanding Youth in Agriculture Award to local FFA member Derek Rogers.
Trigg County Judge Executive presented the Agri-Business of the Year Award to Drs. Sam and Lynn Cofield and Dr. Todd Freeman and the other staff of the Trigg County Veterinary Clinic.
Humphries also said that the Cofields have contributed to several local youth programs as well as the breeding of purebred cattle.
Trigg County Extension Agent for Agriculture David Fourqurean presented the Friend of Agriculture Award to his father John Fourqurean for what he said were his decades of service to agriculture in Trigg County.
Fourqurean said his father has helped organize many local activities and was one of the driving forces behind the Trigg County Country Ham Festival.
“In the past few years, I have noticed a difference in this county,” said John Fourqurean. “The leadership, the elected leadership, leaders in our community organizations and our agencies, there’s more cooperation than what it used to be.”
The elder Fourqurean said it hasn’t always been that way, and offered an example. He said many years ago he was told that agricultural wasn’t a significant part of the county’s economy by someone who “was in a very influential position.” He didn’t say who told him that.
The featured speaker for the evening was Dr. Steve Isaacs, agriculture economist for the University of Kentucky. He shared a wide variety of stories from his childhood in Johnson County, in East Tennessee.
“My very first job on that hillside farm in Johnson County was to catch hay bales,” Isaacs said. “And you’re thinking on a wagon or in a barn or something like that.” He said that hay bales would roll off into the woods if he didn’t catch them.
Isaacs said his family raised some tobacco and some cattle on those hillside farms, which he said gave him “an appreciation for good land,” like the kind in western Kentucky.
Isaacs’ closed out his remarks by borrowing from John McCutcheon’s poem “Water from another time”.
Before and after Isaacs spoke, Fourqurean showed videos related to agriculture. The first one was a tribute to all the hard work that farmers have to do every day. The second video was produced by Monsanto and talked about the volume of food and other products that farmers are responsible for, and was previously shown to the Cadiz/Trigg County Chamber of Commerce.
Among other things, the video claims that to feed the world, farmers will have to produce more food in the next 50 years than they have in the last 10,000 combined.
At the end of the program, Alan Watts of WKDZ said that the third annual Farm Tour is scheduled for Thursday, July 28, although which farms will be toured hasn’t yet been established. Watts half-joked that it will be the hottest day in July.