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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Wildy Family Farms

May 24, 2017
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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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Derek Helms

May 06, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

Tags: Derek Helms Arkansas Arkansas Farm Bureau dairy peaches corn crops

Why I Farm Roadtrip: Matt and Kate Lambert

May 04, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

Tags: Missouri corn cattle sheep Matt Lambert Kate Lambert Uptown Farms

Why I Farm Roadtrip: Texas Hill Country Olive Company

May 03, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

Tags: Texas Hill Country Olive Company Texas olive TXOOA

Why I Farm Roadtrip: Sichler Family

May 01, 2017
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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

Tags: Snake Ranch New Mexico chile produce forage

Why I Farm Roadtrip: Terren Moore

May 01, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Jay Hill

April 29, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

Tags: Jay Hill Hill Farms New Mexico Wholesome Valley Produce Farmesilla produce chile
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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Rodney Miller

April 26, 2017
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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

Tags: Rodney Miller Small Town Big Deal RFD-TV corn wheat cattle agritourism Georgia Illinois antique tractors
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Why I Farm Roadtrip: John Boelts

April 25, 2017
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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

Tags: Arizona produce Desert Premium Farms Yuma John Boelts

Why I Farm Roadtrip: Jeff Knobloch

April 24, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Patrick Robinette

April 23, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

Tags: North Carolina Micro Summit Processors Patrick Robinette Amy Robinette Harris-Robinette Beef grassfed beef

Why I Farm Roadtrip: Brandon Wong

April 13, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Larry Haworth

April 09, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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. 

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Tags: Larry Haworth Dutra Farms dairy California almonds Why I Farm

Why I Farm Roadtrip: Fred Cowell

April 07, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

Tags: Kauai Coffee Company Fred Cowell Hawaii coffee Kauai coffee beans
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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Matthew Sligar

April 06, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

Tags: California rice medium grain rice Matthew Sligar Rice Farming TV

Why I Farm Roadtrip: Dewey Scott

April 04, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

Along with his brother, Linwood, III, Dewey Scott grew up learning the life lessons of hard work and dedication from his father, Sonny, on their North Carolina farm. After high school, Dewey went on to apply those skills as a standout col... Continue reading

Tags: North Carolina sweet potatoes Dewey Scott Scott Farms

Why I Farm Roadtrip: Brooks and Heather Barnes

March 25, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

Tags: North Carolina Heather Barnes Brooks Barnes sweet potatoes tobacco corn beans wheat logging

Why I Farm Roadtrip: Rob and Emily Sharkey

March 09, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Lawrence & Meredith Bernard

March 05, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

Carl Sandburg is credited with saying, “Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.”


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Tags: North Carolina Meredith Bernard This Farm Wife Farm Life Cattle
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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Adam and Kim Baldwin

February 11, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

Tags: Kansas Why I Farm Adam Baldwin Wheat Cattle Corn Kim Baldwin
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