Year Inducted: 
2016

Robert Hall Jr.Robert Hall Jr. grew up on a family farm in Stamping Ground and was active in 4-H as a youth. He attended the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment where he participated on the livestock and meats judging teams as well as other agricultural activities. He graduated with a degree in agriculture in 1953.

After graduation, Hall served in the U.S. Army as a food inspector, then went on to hold beef cattle    herdsman positions in the Northeast and at UK, where he built and managed the beef herd into one of the premier herds in higher education.

In the 1960s, he purchased a small business, Farmers Feed Mill, which through product development and service has grown into a company with worldwide markets. Hall continues to serve as president of the Lexington-based company.

While growing his family business, Hall continued to serve agriculture in other capacities. He was a leader in relocating the North American International Livestock Exposition from Chicago to Louisville and   continued to serve for a number of years as a director for the exposition. He also served 38 years as chairman of the sheep advisory   committee with the expo. He is past  director of the Kentucky Feed and Grain Association, past president of the National Suffolk Sheep Association and has served on numerous boards.

Hall has also been a dedicated and valued member of the community. He was sponsor of the first Honor Flight from the Bluegrass Airport to Washington, D.C., for Central and Eastern Kentucky World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans to visit the memorials   dedicated to their service.

He mentored and employed numerous individuals throughout his life. He sponsored a refugee family from Bosnia and hired the father of the family to work at the feed mill. Today the family are U.S. citizens, and the father has moved up the company ladder. Hall has also been active in his church, Heifer International, Habitat for Humanity and God’s Pantry.

Hall has received numerous awards and honors including being the first inductee into CAFE’s Department of Animal Sciences Hall of Fame. He is a member of the United Suffolk Sheep Association Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Farm Bureau Distinguished Service to Agriculture in Fayette County award, Harold Workman Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, The UK Scovell Society and is a UK Fellow, to name a few.