Byrd received an M.S. degree in forestry from the University of
Kentucky in May 2001 and is currently an environmental consultant
with the Kentucky Business Environmental Assistance Program. Byrd
assists clients with air quality permit applications and technical
issues. He also holds an associate of science degree from Florida
Atlantic University, as well as a B.S. in forestry from UK.
Misty Ruth (Miller) Bivens took first place in Kentucky and was
among the top eight in the nation in the Farm Bureau Discussion
Meet held in December 2001 and January 2002. The Discussion Meet
is a competitive event for young farmers.
For her in-state victory, Bivens won an Arctic Cat four-wheeler
and a trip to the national competition in Reno. Bivens lives in
Hodgenville, Kentucky and is an agriculture teacher at LaRue County
Bluegrass Susan Hayes 75,78
Fort Harrod Ken Parsons 81,85
Green River Larry Dame 76
Lake Cumberland Terry Bertram 87
Licking River Don Johnson 70
Lincoln Trail Bill McCloskey 84, 87
Louisville Aaron Edelson 97
Mammoth Cave Justin Marsh 95
Northeast North Danny Bailey 68
Northeast South Suzanne Stumbo 74
Northern Kentucky Larry A. Walton 85
Pennyrile Sara Broadbent Rogers 90
Purchase Brian Stedelin 97,98
Quicksand David Cornett 81
Wilderness Trail Charles Cornett 42
Lyndall Harned Extension Representative
Robert (Bob) Pearce Research Representative
Chad Carney Ag Student Council
Nathan Clay Lawson Farm House
Erin Shultz Independent
Chris Roark AGR
Ellie Fryman CERES
President Jeff Pendleton 85
President Elect Dennis Parrett 81
Vice President Doug Thomas 81
Secretary Don Johnson 70
Treasurer Tony Halloway 91
Immediate Past President Bill Smith 70
NAADA Representative Bobby Gaffney 75
Alumni Coordinator Grace Gorrell 79
Alumni Coordinator Charlie Edgington 98,00
From left: Susan Hayes 75,85, Bluegrass Area; Sara
Broadbent Rogers 90, Pennyrile; Aaron Edelson 97,
Louisville Area; Justin Marsh 95, Mammoth Cave; David Cornett
81, Quicksand Area.
New State Boardd
From left: Bill Smith 70, Past President; Jeff Pendleton
85, President; Dennis Parrett 81, President Elect;
Doug Thomas 81, Vice President; Don Johnson 70, Secretary;
Bobby Gaffney 75, NAADA Representative. Not pictured: Tony
Holloway 91, Treasurer.
The Ag Alumni
Association honored its area Outstanding Young Alumni winners
during the January 9 Winter Event. From left: Daniel Smith 98,
Bluegrass Area; David Bird 91, Ft. Harrod Area; Mark Smith
86, Wilderness Trail Area; Kevin Addington 83, Lincoln
Trail Area; Hugh Johns, Jr. 83, Green River Area and State
winner; Jay Middendorf 84, Northern Kentucky Area; Justin
Marsh 95, Mammoth Cave Area; Toni Myers 83, Licking
River Area; and Jennifer Elwell 97, Louisville Area. Not
pictured: Daniel Hieneman 84, NortheastNorth; and
Mark Alan Herring 93, Pennyrile Area.
State Young Alumnus Award Winner
Jr. of Robards, Kentucky, has been chosen by the Agriculture Alumni
Association as the states Most Outstanding Young Alumnus.
Johns, who is from the Green River area, was selected from among
the area chapters winners, and all were recognized at the
Winter Alumni event held on January 9, 2002 in Lexington.
Each chapter selects an Outstanding Young Alumnus and a state
winner is chosen from among them. Men and women age 40 and below
are eligible for consideration. Their selection is based on personal
development and advancement, general and civic leadership, support
given to the University and the Agriculture Alumni Association,
and other awards they have received.
Hugh Johns has worked as a full-time farmer since his graduation
from the Colleges agricultural production program in 1983.
He grows 700 acres of no-till cash grain, 2 acres of burley tobacco,
and custom plants 2,000 acres per year. In 1998, he started a
field drainage, tiling, and excavating business.
Johns has participated in many civic organization such as Henderson
County Farm Bureau, Ohio Valley Farm Analysis, the Farm Bureau
State Soybean Advisory Board, the Ag Development Board, and Henderson
County Chamber of Commerce. He has also assisted the College of
Agriculture by providing test plots for Roundup Ready soybeans
and no-till wheat, donating to scholarships, and serving on the
Green River Area Extension Council.
Johns and his wife, Toni, have three children, Lyle, 15, Michael,
13, and Macy, 6.