Weakley County couple wins national contest and a new truck
The award was announced at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 89th annual meeting held at the New Orleans Convention Center.
John and Mary Margaret Chester of Martin won the Excellence in Agriculture Award during national competition. They bested other young farmers from around the nation to win a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up truck, plus free registration to the 2008 YF&R Leadership Conference.
The Excellence in Agriculture award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who do not derive the majority of their income from their agricultural operation, but who actively contribute and grow through their involvement in Farm Bureau and the agriculture community.
Participants were judged on their involvement in agriculture, their leadership ability and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations.
The Chesters are co-managers of C&P Baling, a custom hay operation near Martin.
They have a 2-year-old daughter, Maryanna, and a three-week-old son, Lake.
He is employed full-time as a farm manager for Fowler Farms, while she is a full-time homemaker and helps out with the farming operation.
Published in The Messenger 1.22.08