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AG Names Tobin as 2017 Distinguished Alum

Michael Tobin

EKU's Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that Mr. Michael Robin has been selected as their departmental distinguished alum for 2017.

Mr. Tobin will be honored during a presentation toward the end of the spring 2017 semester  at the Department of Agriculture College to Careers senior seminar.

The honor is reserved for special alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professions through excellence, dedication, and service.

Michael is currently employed as an Area Program Director in northern Kentucky for Kentucky Farm Bureau. In this role, he works with county boards and their leadership team in this area to promote programs, agricultural education, membership, and grow the young farmer program. Prior to serving in this role with KFB, he served as Commodity Director for Kentucky Farm Bureau, working with commodity groups and KFB members across Kentucky on legislative and regulatory issues. Before coming to Kentucky Farm Bureau he served agriculture as a Project Analyst in the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy where he administered over $23.5 million dollars in various projects throughout the Commonwealth. Michael also spent 8 years working as a Field Supervisor for Animal Health with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. 

Michael graduated in 2000 from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor of science in livestock management and minor in general business.  He is also involved as a 4-H Equine Club Leader, member of the Harrison County Fair Board, serves as president of the Kentucky Junior Rodeo Association Board of Directors, serves on the Kentucky High School Rodeo Association Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Executive Committee, and a former board member of the Kentucky Horse Council. He also completed the Kentucky Cattlemen’s/Whayne Supply Leadership Program in 2011.

Alongside his family, he manages a cow/calf, stocker, and hay operation in Harrison County. He and his family also show and raise Quarter Horses, and compete at rodeos and youth rodeos across Kentucky and surrounding states. Michael and his wife Lori live in Cynthiana, along with their son Cade Michael, and daughters, Brinlee Katherine and Haley Dawn.

Congratulations Mr. Tobin on being selected as the 2017 Distinguished Alum representing the Department of Agriculture.

The department also honored distinguished seniors for the year. Ms. Julia Niemann Barney, a Pre-Veterinary Medicine major with a minor in Chemistry from Lexington, was selected as the department's Distinguished Senior. In addition, recipients of scholarships and awards for the 2016-17 academic year will be recognized and honored for outstanding achievement.

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Published on April 03, 2017

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