Billy Glenn Turpin was the 2019 recipient of the Jack Taylor Kiwanis Award for Agriculture Education at the annual Farm-City Banquet. Wayne Short, President of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, presented the award.
Turpin was a former Madison Central High School Vocational Agriculture Teacher who retired in 2000.
As a high school student, Billy Glenn was on the 1963 Madison Central High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) national championship land judging team. When he later began his work as a vocational agriculture teacher he served as the coach of 31 Kentucky championship land judging teams, and as the coach of six national championship land judging teams in 1985, 1988, 1998, 1999, and 2001. The national land judging championships began in the 1950s and is held annually in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Turpin has served on the following Madison County Boards: The Madison County Beef Cattle Association, Madison County Extension Agriculture Advisory Council, Madison County Extension District Board, Madison County Farm Bureau, and Madison County Soil Conservation.
Turpin also served as the President of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association in 2008 and has served for many years on their board.
As a current member of the Kentucky Board of Agriculture; Turpin serves on this board that provides advice both to the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture and the Kentucky State Veterinarian. He has been appointed to the Kentucky Board of Agriculture both by Governor Steven L. Beshear and Governor Matthew G. Bevin.
Though retired from teaching, Turpin has hosted field days in 2002 and in 2008 as well has hosted several cattle tours.
Turpin has been active in the First Christian Church, serving as an elder for more than 30 years and continues to serve for the past 20 years as the Turley Bible Class at the church.
The Kiwanis Club of Richmond was one of the original organizers of the Farm-City Banquet. The initial purpose of these banquets was to provide an opportunity for farmers and city residents to get together to celebrate the significant contributions of agriculture to the life and economy of our county.
The Jack Taylor Award for Agriculture Education has been given since 2002 to high school, college and university agriculture teachers and administrators as well as extension leaders who devote a significant part of their life teaching about agriculture.
This award was named in memory of Jack Taylor, a member of Kiwanis for more than 50 years who served as a county agriculture agent and as a farm manager both at Berea College and at the Eastern Kentucky University Stateland Farm.