Maryville man named Farmer of the Year

Maryville man named Farmer of the Year

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John Keller is a third-generation farmer who operates the 780-acre Kelmont Farms with his wife and son. John Keller is a third-generation farmer who operates the 780-acre Kelmont Farms with his wife and son.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The University of Tennessee Extension Service has named a man from Maryville as Farmer of the Year.

John Keller is a third-generation farmer who operates the 780-acre Kelmont Farms with his wife and son. UT-Blount County Extension Service Director John Wilson nominated him for the honor.

Wilson said Keller's farm includes traditional row crops, livestock and specialty items. In addition, Keller also promotes and educates others about agriculture and farming in a variety of ways including hosting thousands of school children on field trips.

Keller will be recognized in August at the Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents' Conference and in October at the UT Institute of Agriculture Ag Day.     

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