FARMER

BIOS

Annie runs Dee River Ranch, Inc.; a family owned and operated multi-commodity farm operation located near Aliceville in Pickens County in West-Central Alabama.  The operation produces corn, wheat, soybeans, sunflowers, rye, forage crops, cattle, and trees, all with a heavy emphasis on conserving practices such as cover crops and no-till.

PATTI PRESLEY-FULLER

ALABAMA

Patti Presley-Fuller grew up in Tate County, Mississippi on a diversified farm growing cotton, soybeans, wheat, corn, and cattle. Agriculture was her first love, so when Patti’s husband, Tony, wanted to start a cattle farm, she was ready to take on the challenge. Patti and her husband began their operation in 2005, and now own and operate Fuller Farms, a commercial cow-calf operation with 120 head of mostly Angus cattle in Pickens County, AL. 

John Paul Pendergrass is a sixth generation cattle producer in partnership with his father.  The family operation, Pendergrass Cattle Co., Inc., is a stocker and feeder cattle ranching and grow yard located in the Arkansas River Valley.  Pendergrass Cattle Co., Inc. was named National Stocker Operation in 2008 by Beef magazine.

Jesse is the manager at Foster Feed Yard, a 36,000-head capacity yard located in the Imperial Valley of California, and takes a lot of pride in working for a fourth generation family farm, with more than 64 years of experience raising beef in the desert southwest.  His father and three uncles also enjoyed working at the farm for a combined 163 years. 

A.G. KAWAMURA

CALIFORNIA

A.G. Kawamura is a third generation fruit and vegetable grower and shipper from Orange County, California.

 

Through his company, Orange County Produce, LLC, he is engaged in building an exciting, interactive 21st century 100 acre agricultural showcase at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

 

A.G. is the former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (2003-2010). 

 

He is co-chair of Solutions From the Land, a non-profit organization that collaborates with farmers, ranchers, foresters, and stakeholders to implement climate smart land management practices and strategies.

Renee' is a fifth generation Floridian and fourth generation cattle producer. Her roots in livestock and agriculture run deep by being raised on a 90,000 acre cattle ranch that her father managed for 28 years which also had crop farming, timber, sod, hunting and other agribusinesses.

Ricky Dollison Sr. is a fourth generation small business farmer whose specializing in swine management and row cropping has made him not only a staple in his hometown of Poulan, but an integral part of southern Georgia’s agricultural community. 

Larry Sailer is a fourth generation farmer from Iowa Falls, Iowa and currently grows soybean and corn on his farm, while also working full time as a construction site operator for Christensen Farms of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. He grew up on a diversified farm in Geneva, Iowa and has raised hogs since he was a young boy.

Heather Hampton+Knodle farms with her husband Brian in south central Illinois. They bale their cover crop of cereal rye to feed black Angus cattle, and, in addition to raising their four children, Heather and her husband grow corn, soybeans, and wheat. Heather also keeps the books and manages public affairs for her family's farming operation.

Kassi is a partner in Tom Farms, a multi-generation, family-owned organization firmly planted in the fertile prairies of North Indiana, producing corn, soybeans, and seed corn. On-farm Kassi manages land partner relations, public relations, human resources, events coordination, and social media.  

Joe Kejr is a third generation farmer with a passion for his faith, family, and farming.  Joe farms with his wife Geena, son, brother and nephew.  The farm is a no-till grain operation with wheat, corn, sorghum, and soybeans being the main crops.

Tyler and Lydia Lund raise wheat, soybeans, sorghum, and children in central Kansas. 

 

Off-farm, Tyler is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Veris Technologies, a manufacturer of precision agriculture tools.  Lydia is a therapist at Cornerstone Clinic, LLC where she specializes in working with survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and drug addiction.

 

DONOVAN TAVES

LOUISIANA

Ken Blight is a second generation cattle feeder and operates Blight Farms Inc. with his brother, Art, niece, Afton, and nephew, Stan.The family operation, which has been operating in southern Michigan since 1965, produces beef, pork, corn, soybeans, and wheat, and is committed to employing sustainable agricultural practices. 

Karolyn and her husband, Bill, have been married for  47 years and farm in North Western Minnesota on a fourth generation farm along with their two sons.  Zurn farm grows corn, soybeans, sugar beets, wheat, and alfalfa.

 

Karolyn is currently the first vice president of American Agri-Women, treasurer for County Corn and Soybean Growers Association, and serves on the Minnesota Farm Service Agency board.

A skilled producer with 45 years of experience, Danny Murphy farms soybeans and corn on over 800 acres in Canton, Mississippi.

 

Danny was a county FSA committee member for Madison County between 1980 and 1983, and again from 2004-2010.Heavily involved in soybeans, he has been a member of the Mississippi Soybean Association since 1984, and served as its president from 1990-1992. 

DEBBIE + HANNAH + HEIDI BORG

NEBRASKA

Debbie is a partner with her husband, Terry, in Borg Family Farms, a fifth-generation farm raising corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and cattle. In 2019, the Borgs added poultry barns to their family farm, where they grow pullets for Costco. Their farm has been using sustainable practices, such as no-till production and crop rotation for over 25 years.

 

MIKE MCMAHON

NEW YORK

Mike McMahon is owner and partner of E-Z Acres LLC in Homer, New York. E-Z Acres is an 850 cow dairy with an additional 750 head of youngstock on 2,300 acres of land in the Route 41 valley.

 

An industry leader in environmental stewardship, E-Z Acres engages with two courses at Cornell University and one from the Syracuse University School of Environment and Forestry, hosting the students on-farm every year to learn about the farm’s operation in both the Susquehanna and Skaneateles watersheds, as well as being situated over a sole source aquifer. 

Paul and Vanessa Kummer raise corn, soybeans, barley, alfalfa, and sugar beets on their family farm in the southeastern corner of North Dakota, and are currently mentoring and training their son, Blaine, to join as the farm’s next generation.

Rick is a partner in New Vision Farms, a 6,000 acre farming business in Northwest Ohio.  New Vision Farms produces popcorn for the Orville Redenbacher, Act II, and Pop Weaver brands.  It also grows fresh green beans, which are sold under various private store labels.  In addition, the farm grows specialty, identity-preserved wheat and soybean seeds for Pioneer.

Kasey Bryant Bamberger is a third generation partner in Bryant Agricultural Enterprise, a corn, soybean, and wheat production farm located in southwest Ohio. 

 

On-farm, Kasey develops and reviews all financials, manages insurance and grain marketing, takes part in all land partner relations, oversees information technology across the farm, and works alongside her father in their operation’s  growth development and succession planning.

Luke Brubaker is the founder of Brubaker Farms LLC, which is now under the ownership and management of Luke’s two sons, Mike and Tony. Luke transformed Brubaker Farms from the 18-cow dairy operation he bought from his father in the 1970’s to today’s operation which includes 1,500 acres, 1,200 milk cow, 900 replacement heifers, and 250 broiler chickens. He continues to work on the farm, operating, advising, and coordinating public relations.

KELSEY DUCHENEAUX

SOUTH DAKOTA

Kelsey is part of the Ducheneaux Ranch which is a cow-calf and registered Quarter Horse operation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. The Ducheneaux family is responsible for managing nearly 8,000 acres of land, either owned or leased from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. 

The Ducheneaux Ranch is a third generation cow-calf operation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. On the family ranch, Zach has helped to establish a herd of 300 Black Angus-crossbred cows and 20 Quarter Horse mares, and has found continued success in the family tradition of horse breeding.

Steve and Cindy Olson farm 2,500 acres of land near Plainview, Texas in a diversified operation that grows cotton, corn, sunflowers, grain sorghum, wheat, and sesame. The Olsons have been farming together for over 30 years.

ROSELLA MOSBY

WASHINGTON

Rosella Mosby lives with her husband, Burr, in the Upper Green River Valley of Auburn, WA on their first-generation specialty vegetable farm. Mosby Farms provides vegetables to the Puget Sound region’s grocery chains and produce houses while also donating to local food banks, and has hosted elected officials, produce-buyers, chefs, and out-of-state Farm Bureau visitors.

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