2017 Young Farmer of the Year
Kyle Blake Turner is a sixth-generation Chambers County farmer and currently farms alongside his father. Blake was born to Otho and Joy Turner on June 24, 1986 in Beaumont, Texas. He is a 2004 graduate of Anahuac High School and attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, where he received his Degree in Animal Science and Wildlife Ecology in 2009.
As a young boy, Blake grew up on the farm. He remembers riding around with his dad, checking the fields, sleeping in the back seat of his dad’s pickup and learning how to work the land. In college, Blake leased his first 40 acres of land and while he didn’t break any yield records, he became hooked on the idea of working his own crop.
Over the last nine years he has harvested seed rice, conventional and organic rice and he has started his own commercial cattle herd. Blake and Brandy, his wife of 6 years, reside in Hankamer, Texas with their 3-year old daughter Hadley. Like Blake in his younger years, Hadley loves to ride in her daddy’s truck, checking the rice fields and seeing the cows. Brandy allows him the freedom to work the crazy hours producing their crop and raising the cattle, it’s a family business all the way around. He is active in his community and Blake is a member of the American Rice Growers Association, South Louisiana Rail Facility, The Independent Cattlemen’s Association, California Certified Organic Farmers and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Blake would like to thank the Young Farmer of the Year Committee for the honor of being chosen as the 2017 Texas Rice Festival Young Farmer of the Year. It is truly a humbling experience and to be recognized in conjunction with his father is a privilege. He knows nothing would be possible without the support of his family, landlords and the local community. Farming takes a full crew to be successful, the teamwork, experience and guidance set standards that his father has instilled to keep him pushing forward to expand, improve and bring new technology into the mix.
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