Farmer of the Month
Koua Phao and Mai Her grow specialty crops such as greens, flowers, bok choy, lemongrass, zucchini, cucumbers, snap beans, corn, garlic, onions, purple sweet potato, herbs, mustard greens, kale, hot peppers, squash, and more.
Mr. Barber loves the entire process of farming, from planting to shipping out truckloads of grain. He says, “It is very fulfilling and rewarding when it all comes together.”
The most important thing he would like for you to know is management. The pecan tree is a tree that will not compete with any other vegetative growth for nutrition. This means you have to control all vegetative growth around and on the tree.
Barbara says her favorite part about farming is raising baby calves while Roy John loves the openness of being outside and working with cattle. He says he loves baling hay.
Shane loves the entire process of farming, from planting to shipping out truckloads of grain. He says, “It is very fulfilling and rewarding when it all comes together.”
When asked what he thinks is most important for the public to know bout the commodities he produces, he replied, "All of what we produce feeds the world's population, whether it be for direct human consumption, such as rice or corn for chicken feed and wheat for pastries and bread."
When asked what he thought was most important for the public to know about the commodities he produces, he replied “that they know we raise a safe product and we actually care about our product and our land.” He is always “trying to improve our product and our land,” trying to leave it better than it was before.
Mike is a native of Texarkana and is a third generation farmer. Mr. Lowe farms approximately 1,100 acres of family land located off of 296 in the northeastern part of Miller County, where he grows wheat, corn and soybeans.