Bartons named Holmes County Farm Family of the Year

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM.

BONIFAY — Ken Barton and his family were named Farm Family of the Year at this year’s Holmes County Farm City 2012 Banquet held at the Holmes County Agricultural Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

“We are very proud to recognize the Barton Family as the Farm Family of the Year tonight,” said Shep Eubanks, Holmes County IFAS Extension Director. “I want to take just a few minutes to tell you a little bit about the family.”

Eubanks said that Ken Barton had lived his entire life in Holmes County except for a few years in his early childhood.

“Ken then returned to the community when he was in the fifth grade, when his dad bought a small far to raise hogs and cows and grew some corn for feed,” he said. “And that’s where he first began to develop his love for agriculture.”

Barton knew he wanted to be farmer someday, said Eubanks, going through high school he worked at the farm and attended Bethlehem school.

After graduation Barton went to attend a community college in Tampa where he studied electronics and after graduating he moved back home.

“It was when he moved back home that he met his wife Rhonda and they got married and he began farming with her father in 1979 on a share crop basis,” said Eubanks. “Not long after that started his own farm. He mentioned that Mrs. Rhonda has always been a big help on the farm.”

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