Kermit Paris of Shelby County, Ind., is senior regional manager for Indiana Farm Bureau. He has served Indiana Farm Bureau members in District 8 since October 1980. He is currently working with members in Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Shelby and Union counties.
A 1972 graduate of Attica High School, Kermit farmed fulltime with his father and two brothers in a crop and livestock operation until October 1980. He is still involved with the farm as secretary-treasurer of Lone Hill Farms Inc., his family’s farm corporation. The family owns and cash leases 910 acres in Fountain, Boone and Fayette counties.
As a member of the Indiana Agriculture Leadership Institute, Paris traveled to Taiwan and Vietnam in 2002 for agriculture study, graduating from IALI that same year. He also traveled to Argentina and Chile as a member of the organization’s board, on which he served from 2003 to March 2008.
Paris also entered politics in 2002 by running for Shelby County Council in District 2 against the six-year incumbent at the request of Shelby County Farm Bureau. He served on the Shelby County Council for four years and was vice president for three years.
He is a past 10-year 4-H member and Indiana FFA member.
Paris and his wife, Diane, live on a two-acre mini-farm in rural Shelby County where they lease five acres of pasture and enjoy their horses, dogs and cats. He has two daughters, Emily and Mary Beth. He and Diane are members of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, southeast of Shelbyville.