Bartons named Holmes County Farm Family of the Year

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

He said it wouldn’t be uncommon to find her tractor cutting cotton stalks or operating the module builder during the cotton harvest.

“The wives were just as an important part of the farm as the man is,” said Eubanks. “We just wanted to recognize Mrs. Rhonda as being equally as important in this thing.”

As the Bartons increased the size of their farm, the size of their family also grew. Their daughter, Tonya, was born in 1981 and their son, Chad, was born in 1983. After graduation Tonya attended Florida State University and Chad attended Enterprise State Community College.

Tonya is married to Kevin Amerson and they have two children, Kason, 7, and Kolton, 4.

“Tonya is an elementary school teacher at Bethlehem School and Kevin is employed with Dothan Livestock as a field representative,” said Eubanks. “Kevin also has a cow/calf operation and produces oats and hay. Tonya, Kason and Kolton are always eager to help with the hay operation or assist with in working with cattle.”

Chad is married to Ashley Miller and they have two children, Kenny, 4, and Kaylee, 2.

“Chad is employed at Fort Rucker as an aircraft machanic,” he said. “Chad is also a 50/50 partner in the row-crop operation of the Bartons’ farm. Ashley is a stay-at-home mom and helps out on the farm by running errands, picking up parts or supplies. Kenny and Kaylee love the time they spend in the field or in a tractor.”

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