Robertson County’s Lee and Halie Bagwell are this year’s Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award winners. The results were announced during the Tennessee Young Farmers Summer Conference held at the headquarters of the Tennessee Farm Bureau in Columbia, Tenn.
The couple competed against 15 other county contestants from across the state to be named the state winner and have the opportunity to compete for national honors in January.
The Bagwells were named this year’s winner based upon farm and financial records from 2020 as well as their leadership on the farm, in their community and in Farm Bureau.
As a fourth-generation farmer, Lee operates Triple J Farms alongside Halie and also his father. The family farm is a diversified row crop operation consisting of more than 1,300 acres of corn, wheat, soybeans and tobacco. They also raise tobacco plants for the public and Lee serves as a seed representative for Becks Hybrid. The Bagwells are raising the fifth generation with their son, John Lee, and are excited to be expecting their second child.
Lee and Halie have been extremely active in the Young Farmer and Rancher program for several years, as well as the Robertson County Farm Bureau, their church and their local community. Lee has served as the county’s YF&R chairman for the past two years and both have served in other various positions on the county YF&R program.
As state winners, the Bagwells receive a year’s free use of a brand-new Case IH tractor up to 150 hours. They also receive $1,000 and a fully-loaded Kubota RTV from Tennessee Farm Bureau, an insurance policy to cover the tractor for one year from Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee, $500 in qualified Farm Bureau services, $500 in services from Farmers Service and a trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention in Atlanta in January 2022, where they will compete for national honors with other state winners.
Robert Hill of Lauderdale County is the second-place winner in this year’s competition. Robert and his family farm close to 7,000 acres of cotton, corn and soybeans. He is also the current Lauderdale County YF&R chairman and serves on the county Farm Bureau board of directors. Robert will receive free use of a brand-new Kubota tractor up to 250 hours, an insurance policy to cover the tractor for one year from Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee, $500 in qualified Farm Bureau services, $500 in services from Farmers Service and a trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention in Atlanta in January 2022.
District I — Robert Hill of Lauderdale County;
District II — Lee and Halie Bagwell of Robertson County;
District III — Riley Mason of McMinn County. Riley operates his family’s dairy farm consisting of 300 cows, of those 160 are lactating cows that are milked from three DeLaval robotic milkers. He also raises corn and hay for silage for the cows.
District IV — Zac and Lilly Beason of Overton County. The Beasons have four broiler chicken houses for Tyson Foods and also raise commercial beef cattle.
District V — Aaron Loy of Jefferson County. Aaron and his family own a diversified livestock operation with more than 200 commercial beef cattle and 700 finishing hogs. They also raise approximately 200 acres of hay for the livestock.