The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award for 2013 was presented to Reid and Kate Nevins at the organization’s annual meeting.

The Lowndes County couple was recognized for their involvement in agriculture, their leadership ability and their involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and their community.

As state winners, they received a Grasshopper zero-turn lawnmower, sponsored by Southern Ag Credit, and an expense-paid trip from Farm Bureau to the national convention. 

Reid is county coordinator for the Lowndes County Extension Service and Kate works at a local bank. They also farm, growing produce and collecting honey from their apiary to sell at local farmers markets.  Their farm also serves as an outdoor classroom for teaching children about the source of their food.

One of the most important issues facing farmers today is a lack of interest in, and enthusiasm for, agriculture, the Nevinses say.  On their farm, they teach children, from seed to fruit, where pumpkins, corn, and watermelons come from. They have also had children come out to participate in harvest activities; in this way, they can better understand that a seed goes in the ground and becomes what they eat.

Reid is an advisor on the Lowndes County Farm Bureau board of directors, serves on planning committees, volunteers for county Farm Bureau events, and works with the MFBF peanuts and beef commodity advisory meetings.

The Nevinses are also active in other local and state agricultural organizations as well as community activities. Reid received the Achievement Award from the Mississippi Association of Agricultural Agents. They have one son, Eli, born last summer.

The Excellence in Agriculture Award is presented to individuals or couples who do not have the majority of their income subject to normal production risk.