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From the Field: Father's Day 2014

Across rural America, every day farmers and ranchers pass down a tradition of hard work and commitment to their children, sometimes building on generations of family commitment to producing safe and abundant food. Often, these children grow up to join the family operation, having learned a love of the land and the animals in their care along with the work ethic and specialized knowledge necessary to succeed in farming and ranching. Here are a few examples of multi-generational farmers and ranchers who have worked side-by-side as farm families, building a legacy that might be passed on to the next generation:

  • Jenny Crist came home to her family’s apple orchard operation after working several years off-farm after college, now working beside her father and mother every day. The family started the now-600 acre orchard 120 years ago, making Jenny the fifth generation to follow the family farming tradition.
  • Ben LaCross joined his father Glenn’s farming operation 12 years ago, helping manage their 750 acres of cherry orchards, which he hopes to take over one day, and also helping at the cherry processing plant Glenn owns. The family has a comprehensive transition plan in place to help protect the assets that all of their hard work has built over the years.
  • Danny Logan took over his family’s cotton from his father more than 45 years ago. After working on his own for a number of years, he then worked in partnership with his son, Steven, after he graduated from college. Recognizing Steven’s abilities as both a farmer and a businessman, Danny sold his operation to is son several years ago, though they still work side-by-side.
  • Everette Medlin farms with his son, Drew, and says that one reason for his success is their commitment to run the farm like a business. Cost accounting and risk management techniques on the business side combine with no-till and GPS field mapping on the farming side have helped this 2,500 acre row crop operation flourish.

To these Farm Credit customers and the many thousands of other farming and ranching fathers who partner with Farm Credit for the financing they need to help their operations thrive, we wish a very happy Father’s Day!