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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - NEVADA FARMER, Mike Compston

Mike Compston is a Nevada rancher and lifelong learner. A lot has changed in Smith Valley over his lifetime, but he enjoys the opportunity each day brings to experience something new.

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Nevada FARMER, Colby Frey

 

On the family ranch in Fallon, Nevada, Colby Frey is continuing his family’s legacy in a unique way. The family has been in the region since 1854, ten years before Nevada was even a state.

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Alabama FARMER, Allman Farms

 

Through windy roads, on top of a mountain in northern Alabama sits Allman Farms and Orchards. There, fifth generation farmer, Daniel Allman works with his family to grow tomatoes, peaches and other produce.

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - ALABAMA FARMER, Jessie Hobbs

Jessie Hobbs jokes he should call his place in Alabama "Total Chaos" instead of Hobbs Farms. He’s the fifth generation to care for the land where he now raises seven different commodities and his four children. Between ball games, community meetings, and farm work, life is never boring. It isn’t always easy to juggle it all, but Jessie has never dreamed of doing anything but farm.

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

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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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Florida FARMER, Bob Hinton

Bob Hinton and his three brothers were raised in Dover, Florida, the sons of first generation farmers. In fact, they were each born in the small house that sits on the edge of a strawberry field. 

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Tennessee FARMERs, Ben & Lauren Neale

Lauren Neale grew up in Iowa, but didn’t have a background in agriculture or livestock. In fact, she didn’t fall in love with agriculture until a summer internship took her west to Montana.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - South Carolina FARMER, Adair McKoy

For most farmers and ranchers across the country, the ground they tend to is special. It holds more than the plants and animals these men and women care for. The land holds memories, traditions, and their own sweat and tears.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Missouri FARMER, Kelly Boyers

Kelly Boyers has seen a lot of changes since his childhood growing up on the farm in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He’s been documenting them, and the weather, for decades in his daily dairy entries. And even though he has always wanted to farm, it hasn’t always been an easy way of life. It has taken a lot of scrimping, saving, and sacrificing just to survive. But when you’re in good company, none of that matters.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - South Carolina FARMER, Chris Sumpter

When his grandfather was forced to retire after a stroke, Chris Sumpter was suddenly given the chance to farm. He was only 18 years old. As the fourth generation on the farm with a lot of success in both 4-H and FFA, Chris felt he was up to the challenge.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

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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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Arkansas FARMER, Derek Helms

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 was going to come home and learn the responsibility of taking care of the animals and milking the cows and getting the job done.” Derek recalls.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Missouri FARMERs, Matt and Kate Lambert

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 spends countless hours working alongside his dad and grandpa.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Texas FARMER, Texas Hill Country Olive Company

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.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

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

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.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - New Mexico FARMER, Sichler Family

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 laughs.

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - New Mexico FARMER, Jay Hill

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.

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Georgia FARMER, Rodney Miller

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, agriculture has been his passion. Now a Georgia resident, he’s still an Illinois farm boy at heart.

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Arizona FARMER, John Boelts

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.

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Arizona FARMER, Jeff Knobloch

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 he cares for at Riverview’s Coronado Farm.

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