Alachua County Farm Couple Earns Top Ten National Recognition

January 2022

Shelby and Kevin Lussier placed among the Top Ten of the American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture competitive event.  This high honor recognizes Young Farmers and Ranchers for their skill at farm production, development of their agricultural enterprise and service to Farm Bureau and the local community.

The Lussiers took home the state award in October 2021 at the Florida Farm Bureau state annual meeting in Orlando. This distinction gave them the opportunity to compete with other young farmers and ranchers from across the nation for the national title.

“We are so very proud of Shelby and Kevin,” said Florida Farm Bureau President Jeb Smith. “Their passion for agriculture and their community led them to this national competition. To be recognized among such an elite group of young farmers and ranchers is an honor.”

The Lussiers raise dairy cattle and own a hand-crafted artisan cheese business, Hawthorne Creek Creamery, in Hawthorne.

Kevin is the third generation to work on his family’s farm after graduating college in 2016. The couple were able to diversify the farm by expanding its operation to include a cow-calf operation and a creamery, which offers Gouda, Havarti and Swiss cheese.

Florida Farm Bureau is the Sunshine State’s largest general agricultural organization with more than 135,000 member-families representing Farm Bureaus in 60 counties. We serve to enhance farm enterprise and improve rural communities.

Photo Caption: Shelby and Kevin Lussier (left) receive national recognition for excelling in farming at the 2022 American Farm Bureau Convention in Atlanta on Jan. 10.

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