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Outstanding Young Farm Family Finalists: Ryan and Misty Bivens

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  Each year, Kentucky Farm Bureau presents its “Outstanding Young Farm Family” award to recognize a couple under age 35 who has exhibited the strongest farm management skills, most consistent financial growth and highest level of involvement in both Farm Bureau and their community.

Ryan and Misty Bivens of LaRue County are one of three finalists for the award. Others are Michael and Jill Harton of Christian County and Bruce and Charissa Wade of Mercer County.

Ryan and Misty began farming as a family in 2002, moving to an area of LaRue County where neither one had roots or land to begin their operation.

Today, through a variety of partnerships and some old-fashioned hard work, the Bivens now farm 5,753 acres of land and raise commercial beef cattle while growing corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and grass hay.

They have served the LaRue County Farm Bureau board in multiple roles, including president, and Misty still serves in that capacity. Additionally, the Bivens regularly volunteer their time to a large number and wide variety of organizations, and they continue to compete in numerous state and national Farm Bureau contests.

Judges will visit the three finalists this month to conduct interviews and see their farms in action. The “Outstanding Young Farm Family” winner will be announced at the organization’s 2012 state annual meeting in Louisville on Dec. 7.

In addition to receiving statewide recognition as the 2012 “Outstanding Young Farm Family,” the winner will receive a Case IH Scout courtesy of KFB Insurance and Case IH, an Apple iPad2 from Republic Bank & Trust, $1,000 cash from Premier Crop Insurance, a $750 Dyno-Gro seed voucher from Crop Production Services, a $500 voucher from Southern States Cooperative, a portable handgun safe from Misty Morn Safe Company and a voucher for 16 bags of seed corn from Pioneer Seed.

The family will also receive an expense-paid trip to compete in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s national young farmer contest in Nashville in January.

Winners of the national contest will have their choice of either a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado or a 2013 GMC Sierra. Each of the three national runners up will receive a Case IH Farmall 65A tractor from CASE IH.

Ryan and Misty were honored as one of America’s Best Young Farmers in 2012 by Progressive Farmer magazine.