Kenai ranch owners get annual Alaska farming award

Associated PressAugust 9, 2012 

The owners of the Diamond M. Ranch in Kenai have been named the 2012 Farm Family of the Year.

State agriculture officials announced this year's honor goes to the Carrol and JoAnne Martin family.

The couple met in 1961 at a Cooperative Extension Service office in Colorado. They married a year later and moved to Alaska in 1963.

They began their ranch in 1975, raising horses and cows. They also have sheep, pigs and goats for 4-H projects. Their children have been involved in 4-H, locally and on the national level.

Carroll Martin will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame later this year.

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