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BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Texas FARMER, Terren Moore

Published on Monday, May 1, 2017

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 agriculture. That is how Terren Moore’s story started as well.

After joining FFA at Winona High School, he wanted to take the next step. “I joined FFA and kinda felt like maybe I should do something, grow something at least. It just picked up after that.”

He began with a small field behind his grandmother’s house. Terren vividly remembers how it all started when his dad helped him plow a little patch. “I said, ‘Let me do from here to here. I just want to grow a little something.’” Terren recalls, pointing out a few rows in the field. “We did about that much with the tractor I have now. And I was like, 'You know, let's just go ahead and do the whole thing.'”

 

 

“I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It was my first time ever doing it, but I just kinda fell in love with it.” Terren smiles.

Today, Terren farms in addition to being a full-time agricultural student at Tarlton State University. He enjoys being able to apply the science and agronomic skills he learns in school to his own small farm.

In years past, Terren planted mostly peas. But this year he’s hoping to diversify, adding more okra and squash to his plots. While it will be fun to learn to grow other crops, Terren is also hoping the deer and other wildlife will find these vegetables less appetizing. Last season more than half of the pea crop was wiped out.

 

 

What peas he had left, Terren sold directly to people in his community. “If people have any questions about how it's produced, they can ask me right then.” Terren explains. “A lot of times I'll sit down and explain to them what I did because sometimes I do use chemicals out here. I don't use herbicide, but I'll use chemicals for aphids because aphids are very bad. Low lying areas like this with vegetables deal with aphids every year. If I don't spray anything, people are going to have some ugly peas. They'd be all black and smushy.”

Even through the challenges, Terren keeps a positive attitude. “Farming has taught me patience. You have to also be very optimistic whenever you have a bad year and bees come pollinate late or you lose a lot of your crop to deer. Last year, I'd set a tent out here and sleep at night sometimes to protect what I had left.”

 

 

"When you really have a passion for something, when you find something that you truly enjoy doing, you'll sacrifice time, sleep and money. You'll sacrifice to do what you're called to do."

 

Terren truly feels farming is his calling. “I wasn't raised driving tractors and plowing and stuff. I started that like six years ago. I had no idea. I bet none of my friends even had any idea I'd be doing this. You know, when God calls you to do something, you just get out there and do it because he will supply your needs. God had it all planned out to be the way it was. I really had no idea at all. I'm very blessed that God had it planned out for me to do this.”

 Although farming isn’t something Terren always imagined for himself, he knows now that it will be part of his life.

 

 

"It's humbling, but I'm also very proud to be a farmer. I farm to feed my friends, feed my family, and feed my enemies. I farm for everybody. Some people do things for certain kinds of people. If you're a doctor, you care for sick people. If you're a lawyer, you care for people who've been hurt or are in trouble. When you're a farmer, you feed everybody. You can't be a prejudice farmer I guess you could say. You don't do it for a certain ethnic group or a certain religion. You do it for everybody. Coming out here and knowing I produce something for everybody, that's why I farm."

That’s why Terren Moore farms.

 

 

 

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