Jay and Stacy Rezac are one of the six couples who have been named to the 2021 class of Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers.
Thirty-five years ago, Jay and Stacy entered into a formal farming agreement with Jay’s brother and sister-in-law, Lance and Deb Rezac, and the brothers’ parents, Don and Barbara Rezac. That formal agreement has evolved into the Rezac Land & Livestock corporation.
Under this entity, brothers Jay and Lance operate their livestock and cropping enterprises — Jay takes care of the cattle and hay side, and Lance takes care of the cropping and hog farrow-to-finish side.
The corporate structure not only protects the farm in case of tragedy, but it also protects the family. Making a multigenerational farm like this successful depends on a lot of teamwork and respect for the skills that each member brings to the operation, Jay and Stacy say.
Providing opportunity for each generation to take on more responsibility with mentorship from the previous generation is something that Don Rezac put into place when the brothers were young and starting out. And that tradition is continuing, as the brothers are bringing their children into the farm today.
“Dad turned the operation over to Lance and me, and now it’s time to turn it over to our kids,” Jay says. They’re doing that by allowing their children to purchase shares in the farm corporation and start to take on responsibility for some of the various operations. That’s how the Rezacs are working to make sure this multigenerational family farm stays in the family for another generation.
Click through the photo gallery above for more photos and information about this Kansas Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker couple. And be sure to check back as we feature the other members of the class of 2021. The Kansas Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker awards will be presented in a ceremony this September at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.
Be sure to read about each of the members of the new class of Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers here:
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