June 10, 2009 Edition

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Charles and Trent Geurin of Lynn and families have been selected as the 2009 Farm Family of the Year in Lawrence County. Family members include (front, from left): Heather Geurin, Miranda Geurin, Trevor Geurin, April Smith; (back) Aaron Britton, Amanda Britton, Debbie Smith, Verda and Charles Geurin, Patricia and Trent Geurin and (not pictured) Terry Smith.

Charles and Trent Geurin named
2009 Farm Family of the Year

Gretchen Hunt

Father and son cattle farmers Charles and Trent Geurin have been selected as the 2009 Lawrence County Farm Family of the Year.

Charles and Verda Geurin of Lynn raised their children, Trent and Debbie, as a farm family, and Trent decided to follow in his father's footsteps.

Trent and his wife, Patricia, have four children, Amanda, Aaron, Trevor and Miranda. They live on the family's farm, just south of Lynn.

Debbie is now employed with the Department of Human Services and is no longer involved in the farming operation. She and her husband, Terry Smith, have two daughters, Heather and April. They live at Annieville.

Being a part of a farm family had a major impact on Trent and Debbie when they were growing up and continues to shape the lives of the Geurins' six grandchildren.

"I like all the space that you have," nine-year-old Miranda, the youngest of the grandchildren, said. "You can have experiences in life. I like to help dad sometimes in the summer."

Through the years everyone has pitched in to get the work on the farm done.

In addition to raising cattle, the Geurins also produce hay for both personal use and sale to co-ops or other horse or cattle owners.

In the past the two have also done some row-cropping, including milo, rice and soybeans. In 1996 they decided to eliminate row cropping, except for wheat, which is used to make feed for the cattle.

"We decided to quit row cropping and concentrate on cattle and hay farming," Charles said.

That focus has paid off for the Geurins as they have been able to increase the size of their herd and become mainly self-sufficient by producing their own hay.

Charles said farming has provided a good life for his family and now for Trent's family, as well.

"You're not going to get rich, but we don't want to get rich, I don't reckon," he said.

There is definite pride, though, as he reflects on the growth of the farm over the years.

"When I got out of the service, I didn't have any money," he said. "We started from scratch. You just have to keep plugging, and you've got to have a lot of good people around you."

He said they have been blessed with a lot of good friends who have given them a helping hand through the years.

Verda said they were both humbled and appreciative to be selected for this honor.

"We have not done anything exceptional, but our rewards have been many," she said. "We have enjoyed reflecting on the past 50 years and can truly say that God has blessed us in many, many ways."

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