For the past year we’ve seen how America’s farm families touch our lives. How they grow our food, grow our economy and care for our environment. Their story has been told on TV, on the web and across America.
Now it’s time for you to meet the farm families from the America’s farmers campaign. It’s a chance for you to get their real stories. To see families just like you who balance life’s moments with the workload that comes with running a business. Meet the America's Farmers families.
Will and Wendy Boyd own and operate a cotton, peanut, corn, cattle and vegetable farm in eastern Georgia. Will runs the farming operation with his brother, Ben, and father, Olin. The couple have four children – Wilson, Weston, Waylan and Wenslie.
The DeRocher family farms in northwest Iowa on about 1200 acres of corn and soybeans. Kevin and Sandy have been farming since the early 1980s, and their five children enjoy working the land with them.
Phillip J Haynie II and his son Phillip Haynie III (PJ) grow corn, soybeans, wheat and barley on their farm in Reedville, VA. Phillip and PJ run the farm together and much of the family is still involved in the farming operation.
April Hemmes is the 2011 America's Farmers Mom of the Year. She operates a farm in Hampton, IA. She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in animal science and started work in DC for a congressman but soon realized she missed farming and moved back to Iowa.
The Matthews family farms in western Missouri. Travis and his brother run the farming operation, with his wife Melinda playing a large supporting role. The Matthews have four children and largely farm corn and soybeans.
Bill Schroeder II and Nicole Schroeder farm in Reynolds, IN. Bill is a 5th generation farmer and he raises soybeans and finishing hogs. He also farms with his father, Bill Sr. and brother Wes, his wife, Nicole helps out with payroll.
Ray Sneed and his family farm in western Tennessee. They raise cotton, soybeans and livestock.
Kelly Woodrow, a 4th generation farmer, farms in partnership with his two sons, Jason and Justin. Kelly's father, Don, is retired but still runs the combine some in the fall. They farm corn, wheat and soybeans in Springerton, IL.