By Brenda Carlson, Public Affairs Specialist, FSA
If farming and ranching were simple endeavors, everyone would be involved in productions agriculture because those who have the fortitude are drawn to the way of life as much, if not more, than the livelihood. Nobody understands these sentiments more the Arnold and Verlyn Shulze who have farmed and ranched in Guadalupe County, Texas for their entire lives.
The Shulzes row crop operation consists of corn, grain sorghum and wheat production and they run a commercial cow-calf operation. At one time, the Shulzes also sold fertilizer, chemical and seed and Verlyn served the agriculture community for nine years as a member of the Guadalupe County Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee. One might say the Shulzes were, “all-in” when it came to production agriculture.
FSA Administrator Val Dolcini recently visited with the Shulzes on their home place in Seguin where Arnold Shulze and Dolcini toured the family operation and Arnold pointed out each cow/calf pair as if to point out old friends or members of the family. Cattle that the Shulzes have been able to hang onto through four years of severe drought due in part to good old fashioned resilience and with help provided by FSA’s Livestock Forage Disaster Assistance Program (LFP). Continue reading