Lamesa’s Josh Krohn says he’s a happy, albeit sleep-deprived, farmer. It’s exhausting just reading about his farm’s operation, not to mention his involvement in the community. His efforts were acknowledged recently when The Progressive Farmer magazine named him one of America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers for 2013. Krohn is one of five farmers honored and the only one from Texas.
Krohn, 34, is a member of Lyntegar Electric Cooperative. He farms 1,000 acres of crops—peanuts, alfalfa, milo and cotton—and works 2,000 acres of planted and native pasture. He uses drip irrigation systems in portions of his cultivated fields to conserve increasingly limited supplies of water. Krohn Farms also owns 100 cows and a 130-sow operation that focus on the production of show animals for local and national stock shows. The use of artificial insemination allows Krohn to incorporate genetics into his breeding program, which has improved his livestock.
“I was very honored and very happy to get it,” said Krohn of the honor, which is in recognition of production and management innovation and for community involvement. He also custom-bales hay for neighbors, serves on the Dawson County Livestock Association board, assists local Future Farmers of America chapters and is active with the Texas Pork Producers and the National Swine Registry.
His latest undertaking? Marriage. Krohn tied the knot with fiancée Bridgette King on March 31.
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