Wilson told the people there that the youth are the future of Kentucky and need to be encouraged to continue their family traditions, especially farming. He also said he’s always been very active in his local Future Farmers of America (FFA) as well as the local 4-H program at his local high school.
“Our number one commodity in this state is our youth,” Wilson said. “We have to do something to make sure the youth has the opportunity to continue that time-honored tradition of farming.”
Wilson said he grew up on a cattle farm and was a fourth generation farmer as well as a stockyard owner, and he added that he knows full well how important the FFA is, and started Montgomery County’s first Show-and-Sell, where farmers sell show calves, lambs goats, hogs and other assorted livestock.
He said the people of Kentucky need to make sure Show-and-Sell events are adequately promoted and need to get the youth involved in such endeavors.
“Those type of programs, they really teach a young person responsibility and just they way to do things and a way to grow up,” said Wilson.
He says he is also focusing on Kentucky Proud Products and increasing the agri-business in the state, and that he wants to make the Department of Agriculture “the economic engine” that will drive the state’s farming economy.
Wilson also stated that he holds farming traditions in high esteem and hopes to win in the May primary election. He will face Robert Farmer of Louisville, Stewart Gritton of Lawrenceburg, John Lackey of Richmond and David Williams of Glasgow in the May primary.