The county is embarking on a new feature for our website and social media that will feature our county volunteers and members. Our first featured member is Korie Slemmons, a Logan County Farm Bureau board member.
Korie has served on the county board for four years and currently acts as the county board treasurer, and co-membership chair. Korie grew up on a grain farm in Marion County. She was involved in 4-H, FFA and attended The University of Kentucky were she studied agricultural education. Upon graduation from UK, Korie worked in agronomy retail, then completed her MBA. She then managed a small facility for a large food company until 2011, when she left corporate America to join her husband, Seth, on their farm drainage/excavating business and a medium- sized grain farm in eastern Logan County.
She became involved with Farm Bureau in her early 20s when she became a member, and was then asked by the county board president if she would like to be on the Logan County Farm Bureau board. She feels like being a part of the Farm Bureau is important because, “If you are passionate about something and have the time and skill to share it with a group, you should do it.”
Some issues Korie sees the agriculture industry facing in the future would be, “consumer perception and environmental impact.”
“Consumers of our products need to have confidence in mainstream commercial agriculture. Getting that message out is tough and is going to become more difficult,” she said.
Korie believes the industry is going to be more heavily influenced by technology in 20 years. “I see consolidation and large farms becoming even larger as technology leads to that, but I also see small farms and interest in small farms growing if they have something special to offer.”
As a woman in agriculture, she says she has always felt like a part of the ag community. “My career in agriculture began over 16 years ago and I never saw myself as different. Of course I noticed that few women were in the roles that I had, but I always felt welcomed and respected.”
Korie enjoys farming because most days they look at farming as their family’s way of life and take comfort and pride in that. “I enjoy the cyclical nature of the business and managing that as a whole. Now that we have a daughter I cannot picture life any other way. She is with us most of the time; we drag her everywhere and most of the time she enjoys it which in turn brings joy to me!”