His roots began in Rushville and grew through FFA. Now, Matthew Kirkpatrick has taken all he learned his entire life in agriculture and now helps farmers all over the U.S.
“I was born in Rushville in 1967 and lived in Rush County until 1985,” Kirkpatrick said. “Most of my Rush County years were on the Abernathy family farm six miles north of Rushville. The farm is a Centennial Farm and is still in the family today.”
Kirkpatrick has one younger sister, Jennifer Trobe, who resides on the family farm today.
“I attended Mays Elementary, Rushville Jr. High School and Rushville Consolidated High School. Our parents were divorced in 1981, but I continued to live with my mother, Susan Kirkpatrick until graduation. She taught in the Rushville school system and was a teacher for many of my friends,” he stated.
His mother was an inspiration to him.
“She passed away in 2010 after a long hard fight with cancer. She was a three time survivor and was my inspiration and guide on how to live my life.”
“After high school, I was elected by my peers to serve the Indiana FFA Association. I took a year out of school and lived in Trafalgar at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center. As the Indiana FFA State Secretary, I served the FFA members across the state and represented Indiana at national events,” Kirkpatrick said.
During his time as FFA State Secretary, Kirkpatrick met someone who became very special to him.
“The FFA introduced me to my future wife. Tricia Bry was the State FFA Reporter that year and in 1989, I was blessed to have her hand in marriage. We celebrate our 25th anniversary this year in August.”
After his year serving the Indiana FFA, Kirkpatrick attended Purdue University, graduating with a B.S. in Ag Sales and Marketing in May, 1990.