State agriculture leaders are saluting Christian County farmer Wesley Parker, who will be honored as the Farmer of the Year by the Kentucky Farm Bureau.

Parker, who has been a farmer for 44-years, will receive the honor during the Kentucky Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Louisville in December. Parker farms 1,650 acres in southern Christian County. He raises cattle, corn, tobacco, soybeans, wheat, pasture, and hay.

Kentucky Venues President and CEO David Beck added his congratulations to Parker and his wife Marsha.

click to download audioThroughout his farming career, Parker has served on numerous committees and been a part of a variety of organizations. He has been on the Christian County Farm Bureau Board of Directors since 1988 and has served in multiple roles at Southside Church of Christ in Hopkinsville. Additionally, he currently serves as a Conservation District Supervisor, where he says he is exposed to ideas and practices that help conserve land and resources.

Parker and his wife, Marsha, have 2 adult daughters and 5 grandchildren.

In addition to the statewide recognition and prizes, Parker will represent Kentucky in the 2022 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo Southern Farmer of the Year contest, the South’s most prestigious agricultural award.