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Master Farmer highlight: Kenneth Hartman Jr.

Sierra Day Holly Spangler presents Kenneth Hartman Jr. and wife Anita with the Master Farmer award
MASTER: Kenneth Hartman Jr. is a 2021 Master Farmer award winner. Kenneth and wife Anita (right) were recognized at the 2021 Farm Progress Show. They are pictured with Prairie Farmer editor Holly Spangler.
This 2021 Prairie Farmer Master Farmer is dedicated to making a difference in his community, agriculture and his farm.

Kenneth Hartman Jr. of Waterloo, Ill., is a 2021 Master Farmer award winner. Kenneth and seven other Master Farmers were recognized for their accomplishments at the Farm Progress Show on Sept. 2.

Today, Kenny, wife Anita, and their three children raise 4,000 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat with his mother while staying involved in various organizations. Kenny was nominated by 2015 Master Farmer Randy DeSutter.

Kenny says his computer programming degree and interest in technology has allowed him to stay on the forefront of precision agriculture. Success and expansion of the farm also stems from proper planning.

“Our family has worked over the years to pass things to the next generation,” Kenny says. “My parents have done estate planning to pass the land and operation to the next generations. We are working to do the same to keep the operation in the family.”

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 classes of Master Farmers were recognized at a combined awards program emceed by farm broadcaster Max Armstrong during the 2021 Farm Progress Show.

To learn more on what makes Kenny an exceptional farmer, read his story. Also, be sure to watch his video below:


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