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Young Farming Dreams

By: Denny Trease
By: Denny Trease

Nationwide, farming is an industry desperately in need of some young blood, and Kentucky is no exception. But there are young Kentuckians who can't wait to become farmers.

Grant Harrison doesn't just want to become a farmer when he grows up, he already is one.

Four months before his 3rd birthday in late 2005, his grandmother asked Grant what he wanted for Christmas. He said he wanted some money to buy his own cow.

Grant said, "her name is Buttercup."

Over the year, he managed to save enough to buy him a $950 cow and she's pregnant and due in the spring so hopefully, that will be the start of his cattle herd.

Now that he's got his cow, he's got a tractor fund started up so he's working on that.

To save for that, Grant is doing lots of chores for his grandparents and sometimes he sings for donations to his tractor fund.

"He goes down to the country store and he sings for his money. He thinks he's Johnny Cash," his grandparent says.

While most kids his age are looking through comic books, Grants pours over a tractor magazine.

It's got nothing but farm implements in it, he knows them all, he can tell you exactly what they are.

Melissa's family farms more than 2,500 acres, but she's not too confident that he'll be able to make a living by farming alone when he grows up.

She says, "the chances are slim and none due to the fact the way farming is today. You know it's going out, obsolete, won't be here.
I think it'll be all commercial."

But 3 year old Grant Harrison's here is in good hands.

Grant Harrison's ancestors on his mother's side have been farming in Madison County for many generations.


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