Moore recognized with young farmer award

  • Ethan Moore
    Ethan Moore

    Ethan Moore was awarded the Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Award this year in recognition of his excellence in the work he has done and continues to do daily on his farm.  
    He is the son of Brett and Rhonda Moore, and he graduated PCHS 2013. In 2012, before he even graduated, he grew his first tobacco crop amounting to three acres.  From there, he rented a farm,  got a 30+ year loan with Farm Bureau, bought 18 cow & calves pairs, a tobacco setter, a set of disc hires and a bail box. When the tobacco sold he made money. He was sure he was a farmer, heart and soul.  
    Ethan then graduated high school and went to college. He attended three years and got a four year degree in mechanical & engineering tech from NKU. He did this all while still farming.
    An intelligent young man who knows what to do on the farm to make it productive and successful, Ethan has shown his abilities by multiplying crops quickly; for example, in 2018, he sold and hauled 5,000 bails of hay, and in 2019 there were 10,000 bails. By 2020, he sold and hauled an amazing 30,000 bails of hay.
    Crops are not his only success. He has 100–150 feeder calves per year that he buys between 400-500 pounds, feeds them and fattens them up for about three months and sells them between 750-800 pounds.
    As if all of this wasn’t enough, Ethan also has a Water Jet machine he uses to make decorative signs out of metal and or plastic. The jet machine will cut thru the metal and he can design and cut whatever you need for you entryway, business or just because.  
    When asked how he feels most rewarded about all of his accomplishments he stated, “Customer satisfaction service. I get satisfaction when I see their reactions when I deliver a load of hay or make a sign and hand it to them”.  
    Ethan made it perfectly clear that he could not do it alone. He has a friend who helps him in the evenings when he gets off of work. Brennan Taylor works for another company, and when he gets off, he goes to the farm and cuts hay.  He also cuts on the weekends. Ethan referred to Brennan as his “main man” because of his work ethic and help he provides all the time, and not just through working, but through moral support as well.  
    “Without Brennan and dad, I would be lost as far as help on the farm and mom on the paperwork”.
    I reached out to Eli Mann, Pendleton County Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Committee Chair, and he had this to say about Ethan. “According to the USDA, the average age of farmers is 59 years old. Who will replace these aging farmers? With the high cost of machinery and equipment as well as the cost of land, it is extremely hard for young farmers to get started and to create a viable farming operation.  Ethan Moore is a great example of a young farmer that is filing the shoes of previous generations and succeeding on his own operation!”
    Pendleton County is very proud of Ethan and what he has accomplished so far in his young life.  His 100 acre farm and sign shop make this hometown young man a true asset.