JAKE REINERS - JUNIOR FARMER OF THE YEAR


Jake is the 17 year old son of Kevin and Tekoah Reiners of Roberts Cove. Jake is the second of seven children. He has three brothers: Phillip (25), Adam (15), Peter (1 week) and three sisters: Madalyn (11), Allison (7) and Caroline (1). Jake is the grandson of John Herman, Jr. and Mary Ann Reiners of Roberts Cove and Dean Broussard and Alberta Girard of Cow Island.

The Reinersí farm consists of 1,400 acres of rice, crawfish and cattle. Growing up on the farm helped Jake learn the duties and responsibilities of a farmer at an early age. Some of Jakeís duties include field preparation along with planting and harvesting the crops. Jake helps to repair equipment and works at the rice bins. He feeds the cattle daily and crawfishes during crawfish season.

Jake is a Senior at Notre Dame High School in Crowley, LA. He is in his 3rd year of Ag Classes. After graduation, Jake plans to obtain a technical degree relating to agriculture and will continue farming.

Jake is an active member of St. Leo IV Catholic Church where he has served as an alter server for the past seven years. He has been an active 4-H member for eight years. Jake has exhibited both commercial pigs and breeding stock Hereford cows. In his spare time, Jake enjoys fishing, hunting, dirt bike riding and spending time with his family and friends.

Strong agricultural roots and family dedication are evident in the Reinersí family. Jake will carry out his passion for the industry as he becomes the Reinersí 5th generation farmer in the Roberts Cove area. Jake is proud to share this honor with his older brother Phillip John Reiners who was recognized by the International Rice Festival as the 2010 Jr. Farmer of the Year.

Jake was chosen by the USDA Farm Service Agency from a group of young deserving men nominated by FFA/Ag Teachers from area schools.