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In episode 2, we are exploring the modern-day farm operation at 1349 Food and Fiber. Our discussion will cover the everyday routine, how farmers handle financial risk, and the why behind the commitment to this lifestyle.
The 1349 Food and Fiber ranch is rooted in roughly 900 acres up and down Farm to Market Road 1349. This land is where James Riggle began his original operation in 1945 and what my family considers the “homeland.” However, today’s farm operations span far beyond the bounds of 1349. The business is now located in 5 counties, covering roughly 6,000 crop acres and 10,000 acres of cattle pasture. For perspective, 6,000 acres is about 4,500 football fields.
The operation currently produces corn, cotton, and grain sorghum. In addition, seasonal cover crops such as winter wheat are grown to enhance soil matter. Most of these products are sold or traded to make animal feeds and textiles. However, we use some of these products to feed the ranch’s livestock. The planting season for these crops usually begins in late February and spans until early May, ending just in time to prepare for summer harvest. This period is one of the most stress-inducing parts of the production agriculture process. The weather in these months can make or break a good crop.
So how does it all happen?
Tune in to hear from our guests, Matt and Shambryn Huie, who currently own and operate the 1349 Food and Fiber farm and ranch. Matt will dive into the modern-day farm operation, providing a first-hand perspective of the realities American farmers face in production agriculture everyday. Shambryn will also chime in on farm finances and how family helps keep this operation moving. Oh – and they’re my parents.
This episode is special to me, as it encompasses my life growing up. This is what made me who I am. So, welcome to the family! These are the roots.
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