The Wildy family has a strong reputation as outstanding Arkansas farmers. In 2015, they were honored as the Arkansas Farm Family of the year. But their legacy goes back even further than that. “My granddad was the Arkansas Master Farmer back in 1920, I think it was.” David Wildy beams, pointing t... Continue reading
The family farm has been part of Derek Helms’ life for about as long as he can remember. As a kid, his grandmother would be waiting in her big Caprice Classic to shuttle him to the farm after school. “School was out by 3:00 and she'd have me here by 3:30 to start milking cows. I... Continue reading
On any given day, three generations of Lamberts can be found caring for their land and livestock near Brookfield, Missouri. Often, there’s even a fourth generation soaking it all in. “I grew up here. Dad actually started this farm.” Matt explains, sitting in the office of the home farm where he s... Continue reading
John Gambini grew up in East Texas, but spent his career traveling the country with his construction business. “I’ve built all over the United States, 29 of 50 states so far, but I'm pretty well at the end of my career.” John explains.
His daughter,... Continue reading
Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Paula Sichler imagined she would live in the city for the rest of her life. That all changed when she met her husband, Chris.
“I didn’t have any interest in agriculture at all, but I started dating my husband and the rest is history.” Paula l... Continue reading
For almost 90 years, The National FFA Organization has been cultivating young agriculturalists across the country. For many young members, joining FFA is just the first step that launches them into a lifetime of involvement in agri... Continue reading
For as long as he can remember, Jay Hill has been excited about growing things. Today, he raises pecans, onions, chile, lettuce, carrots, cattle and more near Las Cruces, New Mexico.
His excitement for working outdoors began at an early age. “I remember being four, five, six years old l... Continue reading
Rodney Miller has had success as a basketball coach, business man, and host of the popular TV show, Small Town Big Deal. Today, he lives hundreds of miles away from the row crop farm where he grew up. Through it all, agric... Continue reading
They say farmers are optimists. John Boelts of Yuma, Arizona believes that is true, but he also knows that better times don’t come on their own. This way of life takes commitment and vision for the future.
Growing up, John learned to love agriculture from his surroundings. Until John wa... Continue reading
Jeff Knobloch grew up on a farm in Minnesota where his dad raised corn, soybeans and cattle. As a kid, Jeff participated in 4-H and FFA. He’s always enjoyed agriculture, but about two years ago, his dad sold the farm. “That's kinda how I ended up here.” Jeff says looking over the irrigated acres... Continue reading
Everyone who meets Patrick Robinette knows he isn’t afraid to pave his own path. While he didn’t grow up on a farm, that didn’t stop him from diving into the industry. As a young man, he joined the rodeo circuit and worked on ranches in the summer. Agriculture was a great fit for Patrick’s high e... Continue reading
Kalo is the Hawaiian word for taro, a starchy vegetable root that has been grown on the islands for centuries. Brandon Wong is the fourth generation in his family to grow this traditional crop.
Different parts of the taro plant are used to make important cultural dishes incl... Continue reading
Between forage crops, almonds and dairy, Larry Haworth has been farming in California all of his life. But he knows if history had played out just a little differently, he may not have had this opportunity.
Hawaii is the only place in all 50 states where coffee is grown. As the general manager of Kauai Coffee Company, Fred Cowell is among a small group of American coffee growers. He's a proud third generation farmer. Although his family has a... Continue reading
Third generation rice farmer, Matthew Sligar grew up in Gridley, California. With a population of just 6,000 people and surrounded by agriculture, Gridley didn’t appea... Continue reading
All his life, Brooks Barnes has known he wanted to be a farmer. “I used to go to the field and ride between my daddy's legs in the combine. I'd take naps there. They couldn't get me away from it.” Brooks recalls.
In high school, Brooks was a ver... Continue reading
Growing up in agriculture doesn’t guarantee an easy farming career. Rob Sharkey knows this from personal experience. Although he grew up as the fifth generation to farm his family’s land, he’s had his fair share of challenges. But just like the generations before him, he is prou... Continue reading
Carl Sandburg is credited with saying, “Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.”
It’s been said, “If you don’t challenge yourself, you will never realize what you can become.” In 2003, Adam Baldwin chose to accept the challenges of farming when he returned home to McPherson, Kansas.
Growing up, his dad made it clear that i... Continue reading
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