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BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Mississippi FARMERS, Dennis & Nelda Mitchell

Nelda Mitchell grew up on a dairy farm. As a girl, she milked cows twice a day, 365 days a year. “On leap year it's 366 days, and it’s rain, shine, sleet or snow. Ball game, party, whatever, you still had to milk cows.” She recalls.

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BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Florida FARMERs, Scott & Andy Robinson

Brothers Scott and Andy Robinson have been farming together in Williston, Florida for more than 25 years. Simply put, it’s what they’ve always wanted to do. They’ve see a lot of change, and faced their share of challenges, but they always find a way to make it work

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BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Arkansas FARMER, Wildy Family Farms

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 to a newspaper clipping proudly displayed in the farm office. “And then my dad was the Arkansas Master Farmer in 1956 or so.”

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Beck's Why I Farm Roadtrip: Virginia Farmer, M.L. Everett

“Experience is the best teacher.” M.L. Everett counts himself lucky to have the experiences of generations before him on top of his own to guide his decisions for the family’s diversified farm in Virginia. M.L. says, “A lot of farmers this day in time will tell you, ‘I’m not self-made. I have a good start from previous generations.’ A farmer has to know a lot about a lot of different things. He’s got to be a scientist, electrician, a plumber, a mechanic, a carpenter. Those trades have been passed on from generation to generation. Each builds on what the previous generation had learned through experiences.”

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