LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Wesley and Alicia Logsdon of Nancy, Ky. were honored as Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “2019 Outstanding Young Farm Family” at the 100th Annual Meeting at the Galt House in Louisville.
The annual award recognizes a couple or individual under the age of 35 who demonstrate the strongest farm management skills, community and KFB involvement, and consistent financial growth through their farm.
The Logsdons are a first-generation farm family that worked extremely hard to get where they are today. Wesley’s love for farming started at an early age when he began showing cattle. In 8th grade, he was given an opportunity to take care of his neighbor’s cattle for 50% of the calf crop. In 2006, when Wesley graduated high school, he used the money he made from the calf crop to purchase his first tractor and equipment to grow his own hay and first crop of tobacco. This was only the beginning of Wesley’s farming career.
The Logsdons believe diversity on their farm has kept them afloat in recent years. In addition to their conventional farm operation, in 2017 they started their own agritourism business. They have a list of activities that include: hayrides to the u-pick pumpkin patch, corn maze, pumpkin gun, a slide, tire swing, pig races and more. They host school field trips throughout the week during the season to educate children about farm life and agriculture.
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Additionally they do custom hire work. They have produced nearly 1,500 rolls of custom hay, built approximately 30,000 feet of fence, custom sprayed 1,000 acres and custom harvested 400 acres this past year.
“Our custom work is a blessing and comes from relationships we built over the years with local farmers who have grown to trust us to do some of their work for them,” Wesley said.
Wesley and Alicia plan to continue growing their operation and hope to eventually acquire more land, if the opportunity arises. The two are currently looking to find a new avenue to take the place of their current tobacco enterprise.
“We want to be more profitable in our business, not because we want to live bigger and better lives, but so that we can be able to give back to the community that we love. That is the most satisfying job,” added Wesley.