Although the award is the Farmer of the Year, Leonard and Jeanne Kemper might better qualify for the Farmers of the Years award.
Tabbed as this year’s recipient during the Farm City Banquet on Tuesday, the Kempers were quite surprised.
“Pure shock, that’s all I can say,” said Jeanne Kemper. “We are honored to be chosen, but there are so many other deserving people.”
Long known as dairy farmers, the Kempers, who sold their dairy of 42 years last year, still farm beef cattle, tobacco and soybeans.