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AG selects Greg Harris as 2014 distinguished alum

Greg Harris

EKU's Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that Mr. Greg Haris has been selected as their departmental distinguished alum for 2014.

Mr. Harris was honored during a presentation on Friday, April 11, 2014, 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.

Greg graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2002 with a degree in agriculture and a minor in business. After graduation, Greg began farming with his father and grandfather. The 320-acre farming operation consists of burley tobacco and hay and corn for their cow/calf operation. His wife, Contessa, also graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2005 with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education. She began teaching the next year and has continued in that same position. In 2010 she was recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher. Contessa has added an agriculture unit to her class, as well as the entire first grade.

Greg and Contessa Harris work and live in Richmond, Kentucky, where they have lived their entire lives. Greg is a full-time farmer on his family’s farm, and Contessa is a first grade teacher. They have been married since 2005 and have twin daughters, Kyla and Shayla.

The Harrises are very involved with Union City Christian Church. Greg is a deacon, treasurer, Sunday School teacher and softball coach, while Contessa helps with Vacation Bible School, is a member of the missions committee and sings for the congregation on a regular basis. Contessa loves hunting and the outdoors, and she also helps coach archery for elementary students at her school and the church. Greg is also a past member of the Madison County Fair Board.

In addition to their work on the AFBF YF&R Committee, Greg and Contessa have been very active in Farm Bureau at the county and state levels. Greg has been on the Madison County Board since 2003, and was the Young Farmer chair until 2011. Greg and Contessa were members of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee from 2008 to 2010. Greg served as committee chair and on the state Board of Directors in 2009. Contessa uses her Farm Bureau knowledge and experience in the classroom to help students better understand what agriculture is and its importance to everyone.

Congratulations Mr. Harris on being selected as the 2014 Distinguished Alum representing the Department of Agriculture.

The department also honored distinguished seniors for the year. Mr. Benjamin Fraley, an Agriculture major from Berea, Ky., was selected as the AG departmental distinguished senior. In addition, recipients of scholarships and awards for the 2013-14 academic year were recognized and honored for outstanding achievement.

Published on April 11, 2014

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