Outstanding Young Farm Family: Scott & Shea Lowe
Scott Lowe is a first-generation farmer who took his boyhood fascination with farming and turned it into a reality. Leasing his first two acres of land from a neighbor in 2000, he split a crop of dark-fired tobacco 50/50 with that neighbor and used the profits to begin his journey into the world of farming. Newly married to Shea, also a first-generation farmer, and partnering with her to make a bigger commitment to farming as a family, they launched Lowe Farms in 2002. Through incremental expansion of crop acreage and the acquisition of additional equipment and barns, Scott’s dream of becoming a full-time farmer came true. Upon graduation, he began pursuing this reality on his own land. Today the Lowes operate on an 845-acre farm, growing corn, soybeans and dark-fired tobacco, and tend a small herd of beef cattle. Over the past several years they have also implemented several new farming practices, added various pieces of equipment and installed facilities to assist with cost efficiencies, improve conservation efforts and expand their employee base.
Scott and Shea are both active on the Calloway County Farm Bureau board of directors where Scott serves as the Chair of its Young Farmer Committee. They have both served on KFB’s state Young Farmer Committee, Scott as its Vice Chair, and he is currently a member of KFB’s Dark Tobacco Advisory Committee. The Lowes also regularly contribute their time in leadership roles to several other industry- and community-focused groups.
The “Outstanding Young Farm Family” competition is a program of the Kentucky Farm Bureau that recognizes an individual or couple under age 35 who has exhibited the strongest farm management skills, most consistent financial growth and highest level of involvement in both Farm Bureau and their community.