Wesley and Alicia Logsdon of Nancy, Kentucky were honored at the 100th Annual Meeting
|This annual award recognizes a couple or individual under the age of 35 that demonstrates 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.
Wesley and Alice believe diversity on their farm has kept them afloat in recent years. On top of their conventional farm operation, in 2017 they started their own ag-tourism operation. The Logsdons have a whole 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 also do school field trips throughout the week during the season where they educate children about farm life and agriculture. On top of this, the Logsdon’s do a good amount of custom hire work. They have rolled around nearly 1,500 rolls of custom hay, fenced approximately 30,000 feet of fence, custom spray around 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,” said Wesley.
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.