Doug Langley named top farmer

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By Walt Reichert

Kentucky Farm Bureau announced that Shelby County farmer Doug Langley is its “Farmer of the Year.”

Langley is a tobacco, grain and beef cattle farmer, who with his wife, Robin, and children, Bruce, Christopher and Elaine, operate 5,200 acres of owned and rented land. This year, the Langleys will raise 200 acres of burley tobacco, 2,800 acres of corn, 2,400 acres of soybeans, and 60 acres of wheat.

The family also raises 2,000 head of steers annually.

Langley is also heavily involved in local agricultural organizations. He is chair of the Extension District Board, past president of Shelby County Farm Bureau, a director for Southern States, serves on the county Phase I board, and is a member of the Shelby County A & M Association (Fair Board).

The Farm Bureau “Farmer of the Year” program recognizes farmers of all ages for their “commitment to excellence in the agriculture industry and their efficiency in farming practices, sound financial management and leadership in civic organizations,” according to a press release from the organization.

Shelby County Farm Bureau Insurance agency manager Pat Hargadon said Langley accomplished “a huge feat in farming.”

“This is a huge award for Doug especially when you consider he is competing with all of the big guys in western Kentucky,” Hargadon said. “Doug's operation continues to grow in size and quality every year. His family represents the future of agriculture in Shelby County.”

As the winner, Langley will represent Kentucky in the Southeastern Farmer of the Year contest and he will travel to the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie, Georgia, where the top farmer in the region will be named.

The prospect of seeing the giant agricultural exposition has Langley excited.

“That's something I'm really looking forward to,” Langley said. “I've never seen the big cotton farms and operations.”