Farmer with Ray County ties wins Best Young Farmer honor

By the Richmond News staff

Scott Rasa, second from the right, has family that has long farmed in Ray and Lafayette counties. (Submitted photo)

Scott Rasa, a Lafayette County resident whose family has deep roots in Ray County, has been selected one of the 2012 America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers.
The award is part of an annual honors program from DTN/The Progressive Farmer magazine that recognizes young managers who are building successful agricultural businesses and who are making positive impacts on agriculture and in their communities.
Bruce Rasa, Scott’s brother, said his family grew up on a farms in Ray County and Lafayette County, having farmed there since the 1890s.
“My mom’s side of the family (Dick Tracy family, and Ted Tracy family) all still farm in Ray County today,” he said.  “My grandparents were the late Paul and the late Irene Tracy of Richmond. My mother is Barbara (Tracy) Rasa and father is Don Rasa, who farm near Higginsville.”
Nominees for America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers must be under 40 years old, manage at least 500 acres (on their own, with other family members or business associates) or have interest in a 50-head cow herd or larger.
Nominees must demonstrate business innovation and provide evidence of work for the betterment of agriculture and their local communities
Criteria included recommendations on a nominee’s professionalism and community involvement based on the work and reputations of the nominee.
In addition to his farming operation, Scott saw a need for better emergency medical service for his rural community.  He helped bring the new Life Flight Eagle Air Ambulance service to the citizens of western Missouri in 2011.
DTN/The Progressive Farmer shared the stories of five honorees from across the United States at its annual conference in December 2011 in Chicago. There were more than 700 professional farmers, ranchers and global agribusiness leaders in attendance.
The five honorees are featured in a special section of the February 2012 The Progressive Farmer magazine.

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