Ag program makes awards

Annually, Vermont Farm Bureau honors people involved with agriculture. Potential award winners are nominated by county Farm Bureau groups. This year, two of the state winners are also Vermont AgrAbility program participants. The "Farm Family of the Year" award was presented to Larry and Peggy Scott and Larry's parents, Roger and Bunny Scott, of Newbury. Recently, Larry had to sell their 200 head of registered Holsteins because of his health problems. Larry is determined to keep the farm in a positive financial status. He now operates a diversified farm with emus, hogs, beef cattle, and forage crops, and is experimenting with energy-producing crops. Dot Wathley of Randolph Center was presented the Farm Woman of the Year award. Dot and her sister, Alice Lake, operated a dairy farm with Alices husband for several decades. For the past 20 years, Dot has also taken care of her brother, Buster, who is a quadriplegic from an accidental entanglement in a forage wagon. Dot has also taken in more than 40 foster children to give them a farm life experience. After the farm was sold, Dot worked on a couple of local farms and currently is employed at a 350-head dairy farm. A third award, "Young Farmer of the Year," was presented to Sam Lincoln of East Bethel. Sam had made his own equipment adaptations prior to our visit, but one of his employees is currently being assisted for spinal problems. Sam is currently being considered for national honors within Farm Bureau.

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