Bartons named Holmes County Farm Family of the Year

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

In 2003 Ken scaled back his farming operation and took a job with the Florida Peanut Producers Association as their executive director. This is the “check-off organization” for peanuts in the state.

“They are involved in research, promotion, education and legislative activities,” said Eubanks. “Ken enjoys working for and representing the peanut farmers in the state of Florida.”

Ken, Chad and Kevin have full-time employment off the farm.

“To operate our farm we must use the best management practices and time management possible to make sure the work is done properly, efficiently and in a timely manner,” said Ken. “Our family is committed to each other and our farm and without a true love of agriculture and family this farm would not prosper. We are thankful and grateful to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that He allows us to be stewards of one of His Greatest Creations, Mother Earth.”

Representative of Congressman Jeff Miller, Helen Rigdon, was present to let everyone know that the award of Holmes County Farm Family of the Year 2012 to the Barton Family would be recorded and stored in the Library of Congress after being read to the House of Representatives on the House Floor.

“Ken and Rhonda Barton are Northwest Florida natives with a deep connection to the local farming community,” read Rigdon as it would appear in the Library of Congress. “Farming became a part of their childhood and way of life. Thirty-three years ago, they were married, and it then became a love they have since shared as husband and wife and one that they now share with their children and grandchildren. Together, they successfully operate a 1,200-acre farm, where they raise livestock and grow peanuts, cotton, oats, and hay. The success of the farm is largely due to the way in which the Barton family operates. Each plays a supporting role, while embracing the best management practices. It is through their tireless work and dedication that the Barton Family demonstrates a true love of agriculture and family.

“Outside of the farm, the family plays an active role in the community. Ken and Rhonda are heavily involved in numerous state agriculture associations, including the Florida Peanut Producers Association, the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, the Florida Cattlemen's Association, and the Florida Farm Bureau. In 2003, Ken became the Executive Director of the Florida Peanut Producers Association, where he proudly represents the peanut farmers of the state of Florida in both Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. He also dedicates his time to research, promotion, and education in Florida peanut production.”



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