Reiners tabbed as Junior Farmer of the Year

The 74th International Rice Festival recognizes Phillip John Reiners as the 2010 Junior Farmer of the Year. Phillip is the 16-year-old son of Kevin and TeKoah Reiners of Roberts Cove. He is the oldest of four children. He has two brothers, Jake (eight), Adam (seven) and one sister, Madalyn (three). He is the grandson of John Herman, Jr. and Mary Ann Reiners of Roberts Cove and Dean Broussard and Alberta Girard of Cow Island.

The Reiners farm consists of 1800 acres of rice, soybeans, crawfish, and cattle. Growing up on the farm helped Phillip learn the duties and responsibilities of a farmer at an early age. Some of Phillip’s duties include field preparation, planting the crops, spraying the fields, and harvesting the crops. He also helps with bin maintenance by leveling and drying the rice.

Phillip is a junior at Notre Dame High School in Crowley. He is taking Honors Classes and is a member of the Notre Dame Football Team. After high school, Phillip plans to get a degree in plant pathology and continue farming.

Phillip is an active member of St. Leo IV Catholic Church in Robert’s Cove. He has been an altar server for the past seven years. He is also a member of the Young Men of St. Joseph.

Phillip likes fishing, boating, and spending time with family and friends. His strong agricultural roots and family dedication are evident in the Reiners’ family. He is planning to be the fifth Reiners generation farmer in the Robert’s Cove area.

The festival is slated for the weekend of October 14-16, 2010 in downtown Crowley.

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