A Scott County man is one of two Kentuckians who are finalists for a national award from Future Farmers of America.
James Lyons, a member of the Scott County FFA, is among the four finalists for the American Star Farmer award, the FFA's highest honor. The winner will be announced at the FFA national convention Oct. 20 to 23 in Indianapolis.
Lyons, 21, is the son of Alvin and Debbie Lyons of Stamping Ground. He is scheduled to graduate from the University of Kentucky in December with a bachelor's degree in agriculture economics and a minor in animal science.
"I was pretty shocked to make it to the top four in the nation," James Lyons said in a news release from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. The winner will be determined after the finalists are interviewed.
A camera crew will visit the Lyons farm and shoot a video that will be shown during the convention. Lyons raises 71 feeder cattle and 14 beef cattle, and he has half interest with his father in 60 head of replacement heifers they are breeding to sell next spring.
Lyons tends 68 acres of corn, 35 acres of alfalfa, 20 acres of soybeans and 8 acres of tobacco. He sells 5,000 square bales of hay each year.
The other finalist from Kentucky is Jared Hodskins, a member of the Apollo High School FFA in Owensboro. Each finalist will receive $2,000 and a plaque.
The finalists will compete for an additional $2,000 and a medal.
Kentucky has more than 15,000 FFA members in 150 chapters statewide. The national organization has more than 500,000 members in nearly 7,500 chapters.