Category Archives: Features

Growing and Grafting a Dream

By Madeline Alewine, FSA, Oklahoma Meet Dick Hoffman of Hoffman Pecan Farm in Payne County, Oklahoma. Dick and his wife, Jean, started the operation in 1962 with a few pecan trees and 80 acres. Over the course of 58 years, … Continue reading

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Creating Opportunities for Farm and Sea

By Leila Naylor, FSA, Rhode Island Meet Catherine Puckett, a lifelong mariner and seasoned shellfish farmer of Block Island, Rhode Island. She began her journey working for Block Island Shellfish Farm before purchasing the operation 13 years later. A single … Continue reading

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Lead Your FSA: Community Connection

By Laura Crowell, USDA Public Affairs Specialist The nomination period for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s annual county committee election began June 15 and continues through Aug. 2, 2021. Throughout the nomination period, we’ll be introducing county committee members across the nation. … Continue reading

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Building Drought Resilience to Continue the Ranch

By Donnie Lunsford, NRCS, Texas Meet the Hightowers, a West Texas farming and ranching family that raises cattle and cotton. Shelly, and her late husband Rickey, were determined to carry on the family’s ranching legacy for their children. The family … Continue reading

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Lead Your FSA: In This Together

By Madeline Alewine, Farm Service Agency The nomination period for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s annual county committee election began June 15 and continues through Aug. 2, 2021. Throughout the nomination period, we’ve been introducing county committee members across the nation. In … Continue reading

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Lead Your FSA: Serving Our Neighbors

By Savannah Halleaux, Farm Service Agency The nomination period for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s annual county committee election began June 15 and continues through Aug. 2, 2021. Throughout the nomination period, we’ve been introducing county committee members across the nation. In … Continue reading

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Lead Your FSA: Giving Back to the Ag Community

By Bobbie Kriz-Wickham, Farm Service Agency  The nomination period for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s annual county committee election began June 15 and continues through Aug. 2, 2021. Throughout the nomination period, we’ve been introducing county committee members across the nation. In … Continue reading

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Lead Your FSA: Growing in the City

By Keith Beattie, Farm Service Agency The nomination period for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s annual county committee election began June 15 and continues through Aug. 2, 2021. Throughout the nomination period, we’ve been introducing county committee members across the nation. In … Continue reading

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Lead Your FSA: Keeping Local Farmers Informed

By Lauren Moore, USDA Public Affairs Specialist The nomination period for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s annual county committee election began June 15 and continues through Aug. 2, 2021. Throughout the nomination period, we’ll be introducing county committee members across the nation. … Continue reading

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Family Dairy Shows Resiliency in Uncertain Times

By: Leila Naylor, FSA, Rhode Island Meet the multi-generational family owners of Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery, one of the oldest dairy operations in Northern Rhode Island. They focus on cow comfort, value-added products, and accommodating the needs of their … Continue reading

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