by | Jan 22, 2024

John Mahan of Paris, Kentucky, Elected as Board Member for District 5 of the Kentucky Corn Growers Association

John Mahan, a fourth-generation farmer from Paris, Kentucky, discussed his appointment as a board member for District 5 of the Kentucky Corn Growers Association (KYCGA). With a background in agriculture and extensive involvement in organizations beyond farming, Mahan brings a unique perspective to his new role.

Mahan’s journey in agriculture has been shaped by his experiences with urban development. Growing up, his family farm was gradually encircled by urban expansion. Eventually, in the 1960s, the family farm participated in a land exchange, allowing the farm to continue, but with mixed emotions. 

Reflecting on this experience, Mahan explained, “While it allowed me to live my dream life of getting to do what I love, it was also bittersweet.” 

This proximity to urban development provided Mahan with a distinct perspective on the intersection of agriculture and economic development. Development, land use, and farm preservation have become important priorities for him. 

“I’ve learned a lot about business by merging two worlds – agriculture and commerce,” Mahan said.

Mahan’s farming operation includes corn and soybeans as the main crops. Additionally, he operates a turf and sod business for grass production and a thoroughbred breeding facility. However, his passion lies in planting a crop and witnessing the fruits of his labor. 

“If I could do one thing every day, all day, it would be planting a crop,” Mahan explained. “Getting to see the results and what kind of gift God’s going to give that crop is immensely rewarding.” 

As a board member of the KYCGA, Mahan is dedicated to addressing the challenges faced by farmers. Labor shortages and increasing regulations are among the primary concerns. 

Mahan stressed the importance of being vigilant about regulations, stating, “We need to keep a finger on the pulse of those and we can’t let up on them.” He commended KYCGA for effectively keeping up with and advocating for these issues.  

Maximizing locally grown corn for the bourbon industry is another interest for Mahan, as well as the significance of investing in research and helping farmers navigate the complexities of politics. 

When asked why Kentucky corn growers should support KYCGA, Mahan said, “It’s just good business sense to be involved in an organization promoting the product you’re growing.” He emphasized the importance of maintaining a strong market for the corn industry’s products. 

Mahan’s involvement in agriculture has extended beyond his role as a farmer. He has served on various agriculture boards, including Farm Bureau. However, his work and service outside of agriculture have been equally important. 

Mahan believes that engaging with individuals outside of the agricultural sector allows him to share his passion and promote farming to a wider audience. “It’s about showing others that farmers are growing a safe, affordable, and sustainable corn crop,” Mahan said. 

One significant role Mahan has undertaken was serving as the agricultural representative on Commerce Lexington’s board of directors. Interacting with business executives provided him with insights that went beyond the “riding in a tractor” aspects of farming. 

“We need representation at the table,” Mahan expressed, highlighting the importance of farmers having a voice in business and policy discussions. 

In addition to his commitments outside of agriculture, Mahan was recently appointed to the Eastern Kentucky Business Advisory for the Federal Reserve of Cleveland. 

However, above all else, Mahan cherishes his role as a father to three children. 

With his extensive expertise, unique perspectives, and dedication to promoting agriculture, John Mahan is well-positioned to make a meaningful impact on the Kentucky Corn Growers Association and the farming community at large.

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