Harper Armstrong has been farming in Louisiana for the past 47 years, continuing a tradition handed down to him by his father. He farms 2,500 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat in Morehouse Parish. He was recently selected as the Northeast Region Agricultural Producer of the Year and the 2013 Louisiana Farmer of the Year.
Donald Berken has been farming for the past 40 years, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He says it's the only thing he ever wanted to to do. He farms 980 acres of rice and soybeans in Jefferson Davis Parish.
Gerald Wood has been farming all his life. He farms almost 6,500 acres of sugarcane and timber in St. James and Pointe Coupee parishes and was a finalist for the 2013 Louisiana Farmer of the Year.
Anthony Plattsmier farms approximately 500 acres of rice and soybeans in St. Landry Parish. He has participated in the LSU AgCenter's rice verification program. (Running time: 1:10)
(Video) Charles Staples has been milking dairy cows nearly every day of the week for the past 54 years. He arises at 1:30 in the morning to begin a day that involves milking approximately 100 head of Holstein dairy cattle. And he does not plan to retire anytime soon. (Runtime: 3:50)
(Video) Hank Rabb is a fourth-generation farmer from Tensas Parish. This St. Joseph resident grows primarily corn and cotton and is experimenting with his first wheat crop. While he grows more than 2,000 acres of corn, he is most fond of seeing white bolls of cotton glistening under a harvest moon. (Runtime: 3:24)
(Video) Bobby Morris is a West Baton Rouge Parish farmer who grows sugarcane on nearly 1,500 acres of land. Morris’ family grew grain crops when he was very young but made the switch to sugarcane after they saw a greater opportunity. He serves as a provider of seed cane for area farmers, and he sees farming as a great way to spend time with family. (Runtime: 4:02)
(Video) Christian Richard, who farms 2,000 acres of rice, soybeans and crawfish in Kaplan, was named the 2010 Outstanding Louisiana Master Farmer. Bruce Schultz, communications specialist, joins him in his tractor cab as he’s planting rice to talk to him about farming and the latest technology he uses. (5 min.)
(Video) For three generations, the Gravois family has worked the fields near Vacherie in St. James Parish producing sugarcane, cattle and soybeans. Gravois was the 2011 Louisiana Farmer of the Year. (4 min.)
(Video) Dennis Kieffer is a cattle and hay producer and farm manager in Wheeling in Winn Parish. His company, Circle K Cattle, oversees both registered and commercial herds. Learn more about the Louisiana's cattle industry. (4 min.)
In Louisiana, agriculture is big business. The industry contributes billions of dollars to the economy, employs thousands of people and provides many opportunities for ancillary businesses that service the industry and market food and fiber products. Meet some of Louisiana’s farmers and ranchers in these short videos.
(Video) Bobby Morris is a fourth-generation farmer who specializes in sugarcane. He thinks farming is the perfect lifestyle that allows him to involve his family in his profession. (4 min.)