Brothers Joe & James Hagman were presented with the Legacy Farms Award for their longtime farming family business in Hawesville, at the Annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Dinner on Thursday, September 14th.
This is a brand new award, and created in order to recognize legacy farms in the county – those who’ve been involved in farming for multiple generations and who’ve also been involved in KY Farm Bureau and in the community. It was presented to Joe and James by President of the Hancock County Farm Bureau Board of Directors Justin Obenchain, Board V.P. Joey Powers, and Agency Manager Kyle Culbreth.
James and Joe Hagman’s father, Vic Hagman, and uncle, Dan Hagman, were both Presidents of the Bureau Board of Directors in past years. Joe was president for 2 terms as well, and James is the current Board Treasurer.
“My great-granddad, Victor Joseph, bought this farm, along with his brothers back in 1902,” Joe said. “They farmed it together, I guess until about 1922 when Victor Joseph bought it from his other brothers. Around 1927, I think that’s when my granddad and great-uncle started farming together.
I don’t know when my uncle got out of it but my dad, when he got out of the U.S. Navy in the early to mid-50’s he bought-in. In the 70s, I think my Uncle Frances bought into the farm and bought my granddad out. In 1990, I bought into the farm. I believe it was around 1996 that James did, and we bought our dad out. James and I have owned the farm ourselves since the late 90s and first part of 2000s.”
Hagman Farms is located near Domtar in Skillman Bottoms. They farm 1,800 acres of corn and soy beans and run about 100 head of cattle on pasture land that they own and rent. They are both full-time farmers. “We’ve just always been a family farm,” Joe said. “It’s been in the family now since 1902.”
By Jennifer Wimmer