Ken and Lynetta Griner
WHAT WE DO
USHER produces three things every day that are important to each of us, food, oxygen, and water. Food is produced through the cattle and farming operations. Oxygen and water, along with sequestering carbon dioxide and providing wildlife habitat, are produced through the timber crops and best management practices. Ken, Lynetta, and Korey feel that it’s inspiring to get up every day and to think that the things they are doing are going to contribute to society being a better place.
Their workplace is beyond beautiful, in their opinion, and that in itself makes it rewarding. They operate a family business so
they get to work with family and friends who are like family.
ASSOCIATIONS AND AWARDS
CERTIFIED MASTER LOGGERS
Six of the employees are certified master loggers. They have completed a course administered by the Florida Forestry Association and attend continuing education classes to maintain their certificates.
FORESTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBER
Ken serves on the Forestry Advisory Committee of Florida Farm Bureau.
LOG-A-LOAD FOR KIDS
Ken is past state chairman and current district chairman of the Log-a-Load for Kids campaign that benefits the Children’s Miracle Network at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.
FLORIDA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION
Lynetta Griner is on the Board of Directors for the Florida Forestry Association and in September of 2012 became
the first woman President of the 90 year old organization.
2003 NATIONAL LOGGER OF THE YEAR
In 2003, the company was named the National Logger of the Year by the Forest Resources Association.
CARES OPERATION (County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship)
In 2013, Usher Farm was honored as a CARES operation.
FLORIDA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION
Ken serves on the Executive Committee of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
Lynetta serves as a Trustee of the Florida Champter of TNC
Meet the Team
Eric Handley – Forester
Eric is a 2009 graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance. Eric has 2 years’ experience in accounting and has been with Usher since 2011 as a Forester. Eric’s responsibilities include buying timber for Usher’s crews to harvest as well as overseeing the day to day operations of the Logging and Trucking divisions of the business. Eric is the person to contact if you are interested in selling your timber. Eric: 352-949-1058 (cell) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve “John” Fisher – Vice President / Shop Manager
John is a 1978 graduate of Chiefland High School and started out furthering his education at Sante Fe Community College in Pre-Med. Due to life changes, John joined Usher Land and Timber in 1979 and has been there ever since. John was a lifelong friend and classmate of Tommy Usher who was running the Usher operations when John joined the team. John is the Vice President of Usher as well as the head mechanic in the shop. John and his staff in the shop do a tremendous job maintaining all the farming and logging equipment, as well as all the trucks on the highway.
Spencer Fisher – Maintenance
Spencer is a mechanic in the shop alongside his older brother, John. Spencer joined the Usher team full time following his graduation from Chiefland High School in 1989. Spencer brings a lot of mechanical ability to the shop as he can do most anything required to repair a machine or a truck. Spencer has re-built many engines and transmissions. He also has his CDL drivers license so he drives the lowboy, when needed, to move equipment around.
Johnny Kirkland – Crew Leader
Johnny joined the Usher family in 1983 following his graduation from Chiefland High School. Johnny started at Usher as a chainsaw operator but moved up to the Feller Buncher a year later, which he still runs today. Johnny became a crew leader in 1994 and has been running a crew from his Feller Buncher ever since.
Justin Adkins – Crew Leader
Justin is a 2013 graduate of Bronson High School. He has been around logging his entire life and he began his logging career as a Sophomore in high school, working after school and during his breaks. Justin has been a mechanic for many years, working mainly on log trucks for various contractors around town. Justin joined Usher Land and Timber in April of 2016 and was soon a shining star here. Upon a crew leader’s retirement Justin was moved to running a crew in June of 2017. Justin is primarily a loader operator but can run all three pieces of equipment if needed.
John Hicks – Crew Leader
John is a 1991 high school graduate of Good Shepard in St. Petersburg Florida. Following his high school graduation, John attended Florida State Fire College in Ocala and graduated with a Fire Fighter’s degree in 1993. John joined the Usher family in 1999 as an equipment operator specializing in running the Skidder, but with skills to run all three pieces of equipment. John took over as crew leader in 2002 and is still running a crew today.
Clint Tibbetts – Crew Leader
Clint has been in the logging woods since 1993 running all kinds of logging equipment. Clint received his GED (while logging) in 1997 from Central Florida College in Lake City. Clint started his own logging business, “Dixie Logging”, in 2006 working primarily as a contract logger. While working in the woods and running his own business Clint attended Sante Fe Community College and received his AA in Business Management in 2008. Clint brought a lot of past experiences with him when he joined the Usher family in February of 2016. He immediately took over as crew leader. Today he runs the Loader on the crew that is dedicated to harvesting operations on Four Rivers Land and Timber property.
Mike Graham – Farm Hand
Mike was born and raised in Chiefland and has been around ranching and horses his entire life. Mike left Chiefland in 1989 to pursue a ranching career in Virginia which led him all over the Southeastern United States training horses and working on many different ranches. Mike came home to stay in 2012 and he started his career at Usher Land and Timber. Mike is Korey’s right hand man on the farm and helps with about every aspect of the ranche’s daily activities from training/breaking horses, working cows, building fence, and helping with tractor work that needs to be done.
Korey Griner – Farm Manager
Korey began his career at Usher in 2000, working at the shop during his teenage years. In 2003, Korey moved down to the farm to start his ranching career. He attended Florida Southern College and Kansas State, studying agriculture economics. Korey now manages the farm, and is in charge of maintaining the cattle/calf, backgrounding, and seed stock operations, as well as the various day to day duties associated with the farm. Contact Korey with any questions. His cell number is 352-949-1057.