November 21, 2016

Young Farm Family Finalists: Furnish Family

Kentucky Farm Bureau

Ben and Katie Furnish

In 2003 Ben bought his first group of cows and raised his first tobacco crop utilizing the farming background he grew up with on his parents’ 176 acre cattle and burley tobacco operation. From that point he expanded significantly on what his father had started and purchased his first farm of 46 adjoining acres in 2005. Over the next decade he would continue to grow through purchased and leased land. Today, he and his family operate on more than 1,400 acres of owned and leased land. Farm production includes stocker steers, burley tobacco, corn, soybeans, wheat, mixed hay and, for the last two years, industrial hemp. The Furnishes also custom harvest hay for a neighboring farm and custom harvest grains for neighboring farms when needed. Katie has a degree in nursing and works part-time as an RN at their local hospital. The couple has two children with another on the way. Ben, who has a degree in agriculture economics, uses the Kentucky Farm Business Management program to help compare his family operation to others of the same size in an effort to improve and be more profitable.

The couple plans to expand their stocker operation in the future and are looking “heavily” at starting a “wean to breeding” hog operation allowing for another source of natural fertilizer, lowering their input cost without sacrificing crop yields.

Ben and Katie are members of Harrison County Farm Bureau and are active in other organizations. They also enjoy many family activities including being active in their church and participating in local recreational baseball.

Kentucky Farm Bureau Minute - OYFF Contestant the Furnish Family

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