Beginning with just 20 acres and a small home right after high school, Wesley Poole, and now his wife, Jennifer, have worked diligently over the past 11 years to build their Daviess County farm into its current 625-acre size. Working mostly independently, Wesley has expanded the farm to grow corn, soybeans and tobacco as well as raise cattle and a large number of turkeys. The couple has continued to increase their on-farm efficiencies by utilizing land that wasn’t suitable for crops as space for new turkey housing. Additional structures – tobacco barns, an equipment storage shed, workshop and a bunkhouse for hired laborers – and other equipment acquisitions have also been acquired to increase efficiencies and keep costs low.
The “Outstanding Young Farm Family” competition is a program of the Kentucky Farm Bureau that recognizes an individual or couple under age 35 who has exhibited the strongest farm management skills, most consistent financial growth and highest level of involvement in both Farm Bureau and their community.